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Ralph E. Transue, Chair The RJA Group, Inc., IL [SE] Mark A. Pillow, Secretary Tyco Suppression Systems, IN [M] Marvin Charney, Kidde-Fenwal Inc., CA [M] Brandon Cordts, 3M Company, MN [M] Richard L. P. Custer, Arup Fire, MA [SE] Sheila C. DeMand, Marsh Risk Consulting, MO [I] Robert G. Dittrich, Honeywell, International, IL [M] Rep. National Electrical Manufacturers Association Paul H. Dobson, FM Global, MA [I] Rep. FM Global/FM Research Mickey L. Driggers, Qwest Communications, CO [U] Bruce A. Edwards, Liberty Mutual Property, MA [I] Rep. Alliance of American Insurers R. Bruce Fraser, SimplexGrinnell, MA [M] Rep. Automatic Fire Alarm Association, Inc. Kirk W. Humbrecht, Phoenix Fire Systems, Inc., IL [M] Rep. Fire Suppression Systems Association Gary P. Jones, Technology Concepts, Ltd., IL [SE] Thomas J. Klem, T. J. Klem and Associates, MA [SE] Rep. International Assn. of Arson Investigators Inc. Henry Lai, TELUS, Canada [U] Michael J. Madden, Gage-Babcock & Associates, Inc., CA [SE] Gregg Marafelias, Aon Risk Services of New Jersey, NJ [I] Ronald Marts, Telcordia Technologies/SAIC, NJ [SE] Lawrence A. McKenna, Jr., Hughes Associates, Inc., MD [SE] Jennifer Nelson, AT&T - EH&S, NY [U] Richard L. Niemann, Modular Protection Corporation, KS [M] Thomas F. Norton, Norel Service Company, Inc., MA [IM] Daniel J. OʼConnor, Schirmer Engineering Corporation, IL [I] Ronald D. Ouimette, Vision Systems Inc., MA [M] Robert M. Pikula, Reliable Fire Equipment Company, IL [IM] Rep. National Assn. of Fire Equipment Distributors Walter Schachtschneider, Bell Canada, Canada [U] Chuck Slagle, Overland Park, KS [U] Thomas F. Ziegler, Verizon, PA [U] Alternates Leonard Belliveau, Jr., Hughes Associates, Inc., MA [SE] (Alt. to Lawrence A. McKenna) Jeffrey Albert Betz, AT&T EH&S, NJ [U] (Alt. to Jennifer Nelson) Michael J. Bosma, The Viking Corporation, MI [IM] (Voting Alt.) Kevin T. Callery, The RJA Group, Inc., MA [SE] (Alt. to Ralph E. Transue) Randall S. Chaney, Liberty Mutual Property, CA [I] (Alt. to Bruce A. Edwards) Chrysanthos Chrysanthou, Telcordia Technologies/SAIC, NJ [SE] (Alt. to Ronald Marts) Steve C. Dryden, Marsh Risk Consulting, MO [I] (Alt. to Sheila C. DeMand) Dale D. Hasty, Siemens Building Technology Inc., MO [M] (Alt. to Robert G. Dittrich) Steve L. Lehenbauer, Schirmer Engineering Corporation, IL [I] (Alt. to Daniel J. OʼConnor) Thomas G. McCarty, FM Global, RI [I] (Alt. to Paul H. Dobson) Earl D. Neargarth, Fike Corporation, MO [M] (Alt. to Kirk W. Humbrecht) J. Chris Oberg, Verizon Wireless, MD [U] (Alt. to Thomas F. Ziegler) Andrew M. Shapiro, Qwest Corporation, CO [U] (Alt. to Mickey L. Driggers) Thomas Lee Simms, Technology Concepts, Ltd., IL [SE] (Alt. to Gary P. Jones) Ronald A. Stein, Aon Risk Services, MO [I] (Alt. to Gregg Marafelias )

Robert G. Backstrom, Underwriters Laboratories Inc., IL [RT] Thomas G. Cleary, National Institute of Standards and Technology, MD [RT] Shmuel Netanel, Eidan Safety Engineers Group, Israel [SE] Staff Liaison: Mark T. Conroy Committee Scope: This Committee shall have primary responsibility for documents on fire protection for telecommunication networks. This list represents the membership at the time the Committee was balloted on the text of this edition. Since that time, changes in the membership may have occurred. A key to classifications is found at the front of this book. The Report of the Technical Committee on Telecommunications is presented for adoption. This Report was prepared by the Technical Committee on Telecommunications, and proposes for adoption, a complete revision to NFPA 76, on Recommended Practice for the Fire Protection of Telecommunications Facilities, 2002 edition. NFPA 76-2002 is published in Volume 13 of the 2003 National Fire Codes and in separate pamphlet form. This Report has been submitted to letter ballot of the Technical Committee on Telecommunications, which consists of 29 voting members; of whom 21 voted affirmatively, 5 negatively after circulation of negative ballots (Bosma, DeMand, Dobson, Driggers, McKenna), and 3 ballots were not returned (Nelson, OʼConnor, Pikula). Mr. Bosma voted negatively stating: Although this practice has many good attributes, such as the use of early detection, it still does not address automatic protection. History has proven that automatic protection is required. I also do not feel this Recommended Practice has had sufficient opportunity for public comment in order to be considered a standard. Ms. DeMand voted negatively stating: I am not comfortable with this version due to several errors and inconsistencies. I am having problems interpreting the requirements and I donʼt feel the general public (AHJs) could interpret. Mr. Dobson voted negatively stating: 1. There is no recommendation for fire protection for critical telecommunication facilities that cannot be readily replaced. The emphasis is on prevention and detection. There is a concern that without automatic or trained manual fire protection there could be extensive damage to equipment and loss of critical communication services for an extended period time. The alternatives are as follows: a) automatic fire protection, or b) automatic smoke management or c) response within a specific period of time by personnel trained to isolate power to the affected area and fight fire. 2. Storage and transport of fuel supplies for standby diesel generators presents an exposure to large buildings leased by a number of telecommunications companies (telecommunication hotels). The fuel supplies are piped from central areas in the building, usually basement areas, to specific locations in the building. A leak could expose the building to severe structural damage. The piping should be double wall or guardian piping or be located within a 3 hour fire rated enclosure. Mr. Driggers voted negatively stating: At present time I cannot support the adoption of this recommended practice in becoming a standard. This is especially true with numerous changes that were made that are not reflected in the submitted materials received. One example is term “criticality” which the committee voted to delete and yet it appears in this package. This is just one of numerous mistakes in this ROP. I feel we should get a fairly correct document which really reflects the committeeʼs decision before we release it for public comment. Mr. McKenna voted negatively stating: 1. The draft document as presented includes substantial new material in the form of the redundant or replacement-based design options. This approach has not been hereto fore used in any regulatory requirements with which I am familiar. While I was a party to the drafting of this approach, and I fully support the approach as useful, it has not been subjected to either public review or trial before a regulatory authority. I believe that it is very inappropriate to include such a “revolutionary” approach in a mandatory document. The criterion for issuing the current edition of the document as a Recommended Practice applies even more fully to this draft – this is such a significant change in historic regulatory language that a trial period as a Recommended Practice is warranted prior to converting to the mandatory language of a standard.

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2. The document generally codifies existing industry best practices as a set of requirements applicable to all service providers. In doing so, the document cites the findings of fire investigations and government studies (i.e., Hinsdale and Orangeburg incidents, and the FCC study). Much of what was noted as good in those investigations and studies is incorporated in the document. However, the draft continues to ignore one of the most important recommendations from these fires and studies – the crucial need for effective smoke control (except perhaps where the redundancy option is adopted). This is a glaring omission that should raise serious questions about the requirements in the document as a whole.

________________________________________________________________ 76-1 Log #CP92 Final Action: Accept ( Entire Document ) ________________________________________________________________ Submitter: Technical Committee on Telecommunications Recommendation: Globally change “special purpose industrial occupancy” to “industrial low occupancy”. Substantiation: To be consistent with NFPA 101 and 5000. Committee Meeting Action: Accept ________________________________________________________________ 76-1a Log #CP104 Final Action: Accept ( Entire Document ) ________________________________________________________________ Submitter: Technical Committee on Telecommunications Recommendation: Completely revise the document as reflected in the attached rewrite. Substantiation: The document was changed from a recommended practice to a standard as it was the consensus opinion of the Committee that NFPA 76 should have equal stature with NFPA 75, should be enforceable for new construction, should be recognized by the Building Code as a standard, and has been more fully developed by the Committee since its origin as a recommended practice. Committee Meeting Action: Accept

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Mr. Charney voted affirmatively with this comment: I agree with Mike Madden that much work needs to be done on Chapter 7. Mr. Edwards voted affirmatively with this comment: Comment on Affirmative Proposal 76-62 (Log #CP94) 6.11.1.(4) “…shall be kept to the absolute minimum required…” is not enforceable language. Mr. Madden voted affirmatively with this comment: Have concerns regarding Chapter 7, particularly since the committee has recommended going from a Recommended Practice to a Standard. Chapter 7 needs more work! Mr. Schachtschneider voted affirmative with this comment: Significant Editorial Changes Required.

________________________________________________________________ 76-2 Log #47 Final Action: Reject ( Chapters 1 & 6 ) ________________________________________________________________ Submitter: Walter Schachtschneider, Bell Canada Recommendation: Add new text as follows: 6.6.X Cable Route Protection. Telecommunication signal wire and cable and signal processing equipment power wire and cable passing through this hazard area should be protected with a rated fire separation with a minimum fire resistance of 2 hours. 6.6.X.1 The recommended fire resistance should be permitted to be reduced to 1 hour, if the cable entrance facility is protected throughout by an automatic fire suppression system. 6.9.X Cable Route Protection. Telecommunication signal wire and cable and telecommunication equipment power wire and cable passing through this hazard area should be protected with a rated fire separation with a minimum fire resistance of 2 hours. 6.9.X.1 The recommended fire resistance should be permitted to be reduced to 1 hour, if the standby engine area is protected throughout by an automatic fire suppression system. 6.11.X Cable Route Protection. Telecommunication signal wire and cable and telecommunication equipment power wire and cable passing through this hazard area should be protected with a rated fire separation with a minimum fire resistance of 1 hour. 6.11.X.1 The recommended fire resistance should be permitted to be reduced to 15 minutes, if the administrative area is protected throughout by an automatic fire suppression system. 6.12.X Cable Route Protection. Telecommunication signal wire and cable and telecommunication equipment power wire and cable passing through this hazard area should be protected with a rated fire separation with a minimum fire resistance of 2 hours. 6.12.X.1 The recommended fire resistance should be permitted to be reduced to 1 hour, if the building service and support area is protected throughout by an automatic fire suppression system. 1.1.3 Cable Route Protection. Telecommunication signal wire and cable and telecommunication equipment power wire and cable passing through a multiple tenant building should be protected with a rated fire separation with a minimum fire resistance of 2 hours. Substantiation: Fire damage to cable passing through a hazard area will require complete replacement from end to end. A very time consuming procedure. Without adequate cable route protection significant network outages can occur due to fires. Objective of NFPA 76 is to avoid unacceptable network outage and this material is in that spirit of that objective. Committee Meeting Action: Reject Committee Statement: Cable route protection as described in the submittal inhibits access for maintenance and removal of cable. ________________________________________________________________ 76-3 Log #CP31 Final Action: Accept ( 1.1 ) ________________________________________________________________ Submitter: Technical Committee on Telecommunications, Task Group 6 Recommendation: Revise text to read as follows: 1.1* Scope. This standard provides requirements for fire protection of telecommunications facilities where telephone, data, cellular, internet, and video services are rendered. Telecommunications facilities include signal processing equipment areas, cable entrance facilities, power areas and battery spaces, main distribution frames, standby engine areas, technical support areas, administrative areas, and building services and support areas within facilities. This standard specifically excludes telecommunications facilities with less than

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3.4 ) ________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________ Submitter: Bob Eugene. Committee Statement: Section 6.5. and dampers installed in the ducts or air transfer openings where they penetrate the property and service continuity from fire and explosion. Committee Meeting Action: Accept NFPA 76 ________________________________________________________________ 76-8 Log #CP86 TEL-AAA Final Action: Accept ( 2. 6. 6. The provisions reflect situations and 8.1 and renumber existing text.3. Chapter 5.or Replacement-Based Approaches 4.3 and revise to read as follows: Recommendation: Revise text to read as follows: 6. 1994 1995.3 * HVAC ducts and air transfer openings serving non-signal processing 1.3. 3. Substantiation: Revised date notes the most recently ANSI approved edition. Substantiation: The committee coordinated the requirements in NFPA 76 with NFPA 101 and NFPA 5000. Delete 6. shall be classified as Industrial Low Hazard Occupancy.1.4. Committee Statement: The manual of style recommends the existing Committee Meeting Action: Accept wording. 76-3 .8. redundant or replacement facilities. Standard for the Installation of Air-Conditioning 76-4 Log #43 Final Action: Accept in Principle and Ventilating Systems.4.2 Compartmentation.1 The provisions of this document recommended practice should shall not comply with the requirements of this paragraph.3.4.3. telecommunications facilities. Either approach should ________________________________________________________________ be used selectively by hazard area. Submitter: Bob Eugene. Substantiation: The added wording clearly identifies the appropriate occupancy of telecommunications facilities as referenced in both NFPA 101 and NFPA 5000. Committee Meeting Action: Accept 6.6. except in those cases where it is determined to Chapters 1.1. equipment.9.3.3 ) telecommunications equipment area shall not be required to comply with ________________________________________________________________ 6. and 6. protection of facilities in place and protection service continuity through Substantiation: Editorial to reflect the date change. 76-7 Log #CP49 Final Action: Accept Recommendation: Delete the following text: ( 1.1.6.3.4* Design Options. Chapter 2.1.1 will read as follows: 1. UL Standard for Safety Test for Flame Propagation and Smoke 6. 6.Report on Proposals — Copyright.2. Chapter 6.1 ) 6.6. situations and the state of the art at the time the recommended practice was 7.1 and 7. 7. The provisions reflect wall to the signal processing equipment area.3.1 General. Recommendation: Revise text to read as follows: 2.4. Revise 6.1. and NFPA 90A.2.or replacement-based design options.2 to read as follows: 6. Renumber 6.1 Application.5. 9. including distinct hazard to life or adjacent property. Renumber 6. Building Construction and Safety Code. service continuity from fire and explosion. Fire protection for the individual hazard areas identified in the recommended Committee Statement: UL 910 was withdrawn in favor of NFPA 262. 6.3* Application. Building services should be provided in accordance with the requirements of the applicable mechanical.1 and revise to read as follows: issued. regardless of the design approach taken.7.4 and revise to read as follows: 6. Bell Canada construction in accordance with Section 8.8.4.2.4 Building Service Equipment.2 ) ________________________________________________________________ Submitter: Technical Committee on Telecommunications Recommendation: In section 2.5.4.1 and 6.9. structures. Main distribution frames should be separated ________________________________________________________________ from nonequipment spaces by a minimum of 1-hour fire-resistance-rated Submitter: Walter Schachtschneider. Recommendation: 1. 6.1. (ROP CP13) Facilities containing 2500 sq ft Revise text to read as follows: or less of telecommunications equipment area shall be provided with an early 1. Where the performance-based approach of Chapter 5 or the redundant.1 For purposes of application of NFPA 101.6.8. Chapter 7. Standard for Safety Air Filter Units. The provisions of this recommended practice are considered equipment areas should have smoke dampers or combination fire/smoke necessary to provide a reasonable level of protection from loss of life. Facilities containing less than Recommendation: Revise text to read as follows: 2500 sq ft of telecommunications equipment area shall not be required to 1.1 ) ________________________________________________________________ Submitter: Technical Committee on Telecommunications Recommendation: 1.2.4.1.2* Compartmentation. be applied to facilities.3.6.6. Submitter: Technical Committee on Telecommunications Substantiation: UL 910 was withdrawn in favor of NFPA 262.1 through 6. Chapters 1. Underwriters Laboratories Inc.1 ) Density Values for Electrical and Optical Fiber Cables Used in Spaces ________________________________________________________________ Transporting Environmental Air. Add a new 1.4. and property and accordance with Chapter 8. prescriptive-based.4. 6 and a complete rewrite of Chapter 7 to cover the range by the Authority Having Jurisdiction that the existing situation involves a of available methods to protect of service continuity from fire. or installations that were existing Substantiation: The Committee refined the risk control approach to protecting or approved for construction or installation prior to 2002 04 01 to the effective telecommunications service continuity from the threats of fire by revisions date of the recommended practice. and redundant. UL 910. Submitter: Walter Schachtschneider. ________________________________________________________________ 76-6 Log #CP95 Final Action: Accept ( 1. NFPA 46.1.1.6.9. Revise 1-4 to read as follows: Committee Meeting Action: Accept in Principle 1.3.6.6. 4. construction in accordance with Section 8. the prescriptive recommendations of this chapter should apply.8.10. This recommended practice provides performanceDelete UL 910 and replace it with NFPA 262 in Chapters 3-10 and delete it in based.2 and revise to read as follows: the state of the art at the time the standard was issued. Facilities containing greater than 2500 sq ft of Substantiation: Editorial to align with NFPA 76 purpose. Power areas should be separated from adjacent Committee Statement: Left the last sentence in as it is recommended by the nonequipment spaces by a minimum of 1-hour fire-resistance-rated manual of style. Paragraphs 6. 5. Delete the existing Chapter 7 as the revised Chapter 6 will cover small and UL 900.1.10.2 are Committee Meeting Action: Reject covered by Log #22. warning fire detection (VEWFD) system for detection and alarm processing Committee Meeting Action: Accept in Principle in accordance with Chapter 8.1.3* Application.2. 6.3.or replacement-based approaches ( 2.3. Facilities containing less than 2500 sq ft of telecommunications equipment area shall not be required to ________________________________________________________________ comply with this requirement. The new 1. 6. practice should be based on the performance-based approaches of Chapter 5 or the prescriptive-based approaches of Chapters 6.6. This chapter applies to telecommunications facilities designed to the prescriptive-based option of Section 1. 6.5 m2 (500 ft2) of signal processing equipment areas. and 10 should apply to all ________________________________________________________________ telecommunications facilities within the scope of this recommended practice. Revise the titles for Chapters 6 and 7 to read as follows: Committee Meeting Action: Accept Chapter 6 Prescriptive-Based Approaches Chapter 7 Redundant. Committee Meeting Action: Accept ________________________________________________________________ 76-9 Log #5 Final Action: Accept in Principle ( 2. Underwriters Laboratories Inc.5.4 ) shall comply with Chapter 7. electrical ________________________________________________________________ codes. 6. Protection of service continuity from 76-10 Log #6 Final Action: Accept fire for facilities using the redundant. large facilities. Renumber 6. The provisions of this standard are considered necessary warning fire detection (EWFD) system for detection and alarm processing in to provide a reasonable level of protection from loss of life. State of the art is no telecommunications equipment area shall be provided with a very early longer applicable given that date sensitive nature of “when issued”. 6. Bell Canada 6.4.6.2* Prescriptive Approach.4.1.or replacement-based approach of Chapter 7 are not used. add: NFPA 1/UFC NFPA 5000 Substantiation: Required for scoping activity references. 1998.1 was revised by 76-58 (Log #21). Life Safety Code and NFPA 5000.4.3.5. Renumber 6. 2. Facilities containing less than 2500 sq ft of ( 1. 76-5 Log #42 Final Action: Reject 9.4.2 and revise to read as follows: ( 1. Renumber 6.

systems.8 Telecommunications Equipment. b. b1. and power systems that are found in typical office buildings. These areas or rooms typically equipment definition in one common section.. Bell Canada understanding the space/area and equipment hierarchy in telecommunication Recommendation: Add new text as follows: facilities 3. mechanical equipment spaces. 2002 ed.1.4 followed by 3. power area (including batteries).1 Technical Support Area (contiguous with above area) who is responsible for performance of a construction job in accordance with e.7 Non-Telecommunications Equipment Area. 2001 ed. Accept the recommended text with the following revision: 3.3. These areas may be contiguous with the telecommunication equipment area or are usually separated from the telecommunication equipment area equipment space by unrated glass or solid partitions. will vary given a specified change in an input parameter.6.1 Contiguous Technical Support Area (contiguous with above area) Fire Model.5 definitions for loading docks. An analysis performed to determine the degree to which a predicted value will 3. standby engine in Shafts. electrical. Main distribution frame (MDF) Area MDF ________________________________________________________________ c. internet service providing consistent meaning of defined terms throughout the National Fire providers. main distribution frame equipment.6. equipment that is owned or leased and operated by other service providers (i. Technical Support Area Mathematical prediction of fire growth.3. Building mechanical.X Building Automation System. environmental conditions.1. maintenance shops. The area or space within a Committee Statement: Editorial. 3.5 Technical Support Area. Substantiation: Revised date notes the most recently ANSI approved edition. and 2. (preferred) NFPA 5000. NFPA 76 76-4 .4 ) ________________________________________________________________ Submitter: Bob Eugene.4. that includes hazard areas such as Committee Meeting Action: Accept in Principle administrative areas and building service and support areas. or components based on the a. area within a central office equipment definitions 3. cable entrance ________________________________________________________________ equipment. 1995 2000.12* Telecommunications Equipment Area. 3.1 Switching Equipment Area Terms for the following terms: e.3. Cable Entrance Facility (CEF) Equipment this term is used by TG 4 in their proposed changes. and technical support areas contiguous to the above hazard areas. Standby Engine Area ________________________________________________________________ d. A set of conditions that defines the development of fire. Substantiation: Adoption of preferred definitions will assist the user by competitive local or long distance telephone service providers.e. Underwriters Laboratories Inc.. Telecommunications An analysis performed to determine the degree to which a predicted output equipment that is owned or leased and operated by other service providers (i.2 ) electronic equipment including signal processing equipment. etc. Committee Meeting Action: Accept telecommunications facility that does not classify as a telecommunications equipment area but directly supports the equipment. An area within a 3. The area or space within a telecommunication facility that is not defined as a telecommunication telecommunications facility that does not contain telecommunications equipment area.1. main distribution 76-13 Log #49 Final Action: Accept frame (MDF) area.6. ________________________________________________________________ A. Telecommunications vary.4. e. facility owned by a different service provider.e. and associated storage areas. that is not defined as equipment space. number accordingly. Telecommunications Equipment Area Substantiation: NFPA 76. and standby Submitter: Walter Schachtschneider. The cabling and electronic equipment Committee Meeting Action: Accept including signal processing equipment. (CP 40) Recommendation:Revise text to read as follows: Substantiation: Editorial renumbering to place area definitions followed by 3. power Propagation Height of Electrical and Optical-Fiber Cables Installed Vertically area (including batteries). ________________________________________________________________ and standby engine. 1.4. 1997 2002. Building mechanical.4. Alternatively arrange area definitions as 3. 3.6 equipment definitions split by 3.4.3.4. Section 6.8 Telecommunications Equipment. 3.3 Video Headend construction documents. 2002 ed. Cable Entrance Facility (CEF) Area CEF system. the 3.4. the spread of and power systems not related to telecommunications equipment operations. 3. lighting. The wire.3. usually in relation to competitive local or long distance telephone service providers. or cable service providers) that is placed in a telecommunications Codes. e. These are more commonly known as building automation systems and a1.1 Building Services Equipment.2 Building Services and Support Areas. cable entrance facility (CEF) area. Office Area conservation equations or empirical data. cable ________________________________________________________________ entrance facility (CEF) area. Signal Processing Telecommunication Equipment Area Recommendation: Adopt the preferred definitions from the NFPA Glossary of e.3 Co-Located Telecommunications Equipment. electrical power distribution equipment. (preferred) NFPA 101.Report on Proposals — Copyright. Recommendation: Revise text to read as follows: UL 1056.11* Technical Support Area. internet service models.6.1 Technical Support Area (contiguous with above area) c. (preferred) NFPA 805.4 area definitions and 3. combustion products throughout a building or portion of a building. These areas are more often not occupied on a ( 2. The area or space within a telecommunications facility that does not contain telecommunications equipment but contains administrative type office or equipment which directly supports the telecommunication equipment area.12 Telecommunication Equipment Area. The following tree assists in Submitter: Walter Schachtschneider. Power Equipment Committee Meeting Action: Accept b1.6. This is preferable to proposed include utility spaces.1 A.11* Technical Support Area.4.12* Telecommunications Equipment Area. Underwriters Laboratories Inc. The areas in a central office Submitter: Bob Eugene.1 Technical Support Area (contiguous with above area) Contractor.5 and detection system definitions 3. Non-Telecommunication Equipment Area potential effects on structures. Building Services and Support Area Fire Scenario. batteries. and technical support areas contiguous ( Chapter 3 ) to the above hazard areas and non contiguous technical support areas. UL Standard for Safety Test for Flame such as a switching equipment area.4. This includes hazard areas such as a signal processing equipment area. NFPA ________________________________________________________________ 76-11 Log #7 Final Action: Accept ( 2. main distribution frame (MDF) area.3. detection systems.4.4. power equipment. cable entrance equipment.11* Technical Support Area.3 Definitions (GOT) ) d. 2000 ed.6. Power Area under general definition section.7 Non-telecommunications Equipment Area.4. and the effects of combustion products.6 refers to a facility management a. f. An automated system used to control Telecommunication facility building functions such as HVAC control. UL Standard for Safety Fire Test of Upholstered Furniture. lighting. electrical. Limited furniture and equipment such as and have one or two computer workstations allow where technicians to program or test the signal ________________________________________________________________ processing switching equipment or perform other administrative functions such 76-12 Log #8 Final Action: Accept as database and record updating. smoke management. Bell Canada engine equipment.3 Co-Located Telecommunications Equipment. cable and electrical/ ( 3. including hazard areas Recommendation: UL 1666. (preferred) NFPA 5000 2002 ed. 3. 76-15 Log #35 Final Action: Accept in Principle 3. reactions of people to fire. equipment facility owned by a different telecommunications company. main distribution frame equipment.5. Substantiation: Update to current standard. which directly supports the telecommunication equipment area.1 Main Distribution Frame (MDF) Equipment 76-14 Log #CP85 TEL-AAA Final Action: Accept c. (preferred) NFPA 5000.3. in which the telecommunications equipment is located.1 Building Services Equipment.2. The area or enclosed room Committee Meeting Action: Accept of a telecommunications facility that contains telecommunications equipment.6.4 ) full-time basis. Definition is required b. 3. A. or cable service providers) that is placed in a telecommunications Uncertainty Analysis. ________________________________________________________________ 3.2 Transport/Access Equipment Are One who contracts on predetermined terms to provide labor and materials and e. area. providers. Sensitivity Analysis.1 Technical Support Area (contiguous with above area) ( 3. lighting. standby engine area.1Standby Engine Equipment Submitter: Technical Committee on Telecommunications e. It includes hazard areas such as administrative areas and equipment but contains limited furniture or office type equipment or both building service and support areas.3.1.

but is not limited to a reciprocating engine or turbine. CATV.8 A.4 Power Area.4 followed by equipment definitions 3. starter batteries. video.6.Report on Proposals — Copyright. This is preferable to proposed 3.7* Standby Engine Equipment.3 as this definition.9.6. and associated cabling. Alternatively arrange area definitions as 3.6.6. A. Bell Canada Recommendation: Revise text to read as follows: 3. Bell Canada Recommendation: Revise text to read as follows: 3. This is preferable to proposed 3. Power equipment includes. 3. Committee Meeting Action: Accept ________________________________________________________________ 76-18 Log #40 Final Action: Accept ( 3. Auxiliary equipment could include central testing equipment used to determine the electrical characteristics of the circuits. (CP 40) 3.4 area definitions and 3.5 Power Equipment. 3. but not limited to. This equipment offers standby power to switching equipment if the electrical utilityʼs power is shut off. and maintains electric supply or communication systems such as.19 Standby Engine Equipment Room. Alternatively arrange area definitions as 3.3 ) ________________________________________________________________ Submitter: Walter Schachtschneider. inverters. The MDF wiring arrangement connects the wire and cable coming from the cable entrance facility to the wire and cable running to the signal processing equipment and secondary cross connect frames.4 area definitions and 3.4. but is not limited to batteries. and data signals.6. Large cables from the outside are spliced to smaller cables or wires that run to the main distribution frame or signal processing equipment.5 definitions for detection systems. Committee Meeting Action: Accept ________________________________________________________________ 76-21 Log #34 Final Action: Accept ( 3.4.3. The standby power system is an apparatus consisting of either a gas turbine or a diesel powered internal combustion engine and a generator.6. capable of providing the appropriate amount of ac power to run the telecommunications equipment of a central office in the event of a commercial power failure.5 and detection system definitions 3. This is preferable to proposed 3.5 definitions for detection systems. but is not limited to batteries. either designated by or recognized by public service commissions or public utility commissions. Committee Meeting Action: Accept ________________________________________________________________ 76-17 Log #41 Final Action: Accept ( 3. Power equipment includes. and batteries.10* Standby Engine Area.5 definitions for detection systems. Substantiation: This definition may be included in NFPA 70 and in basically the same wording.10.4 Cable Vault. Standby engine equipment includes. Another term for a cable entrance facility.4 followed by equipment definitions 3. Move to general definitions in Section 3.3. Rack-mounted termination blocks and electrical protection devices. Examples of electrical equipment usually found in a power area/room includes rectifiers. This is preferable to proposed 3.6.9 Signal Processing Equipment Area.13 ) ________________________________________________________________ Submitter: Walter Schachtschneider.4 followed by equipment definitions 3. 3.4 ) ________________________________________________________________ Submitter: Walter Schachtschneider. bus bars.6 ) ________________________________________________________________ Submitter: Walter Schachtschneider.8 Power Area.5 and detection system definitions 3. rectifiers.10* Standby Engine Area. The area or enclosed room of a telecommunication facility that contains Main Distribution Frame (MDF) equipment. rectifiers. Committee Meeting Action: Accept 76-5 .6. 3.4.6 Signal Processing Equipment. bus bars. 3.8* Power Area.7 Standby Engine Equipment.5 and detection system definitions 3. 3.4 area definitions and 3. The wiring arrangement connects the telephone lines coming from the cable entrance facility to the internal telephone lines that run to the switching equipment. Substantiation: See Log# CP 40. distribution cabinets. 3. 3. and cabling. telephone. A. Committee Meeting Action: Accept NFPA 76 ________________________________________________________________ 76-19 Log #36 Final Action: Accept ( 3.3. An organization.4.4 area definitions and 3. video. 3.6 equipment definitions split by 3.13 3.4. Substantiation: Editorial renumbering to place area definitions followed by equipment definition in one common section. Cabling and wiring in the cable entrance facility. but is not limited to a reciprocating engine or turbine.5 and detection system definitions 3. 3. Bell Canada Recommendation: Revise text to read as follows. inverters.5 definitions for detection systems. (CP40) Substantiation: Editorial renumbering to place area definitions followed by equipment definition in one common section.4. Rack-mounted termination blocks and electrical protection devices.6. Alternatively arrange area definitions as 3.4 area definitions and 3.5 and detection system definitions 3.6.6.6.6.4.10 Utility.5 definitions for detection systems. The area or enclosed room of a central office where the standby power system resides.7 ) ________________________________________________________________ Submitter: Walter Schachtschneider. The area or enclosed room of a telecommunication facility that contains power equipment.1. distribution cabinets.6 equipment definitions split by 3.6.3.6. wiring. Standby engine equipment includes. Equipment could also include protective devices as well as functions for a central testing point.7.7.3 Cable Entrance Facility (CEF) Area. or data service.6 equipment definitions split by 3.3. This is preferable to proposed 3. operates. This equipment gives power to the signal processing equipment. The area or enclosed room of a central office that houses the electrical equipment required to power the switching equipment.8 ) ________________________________________________________________ Submitter: Walter Schachtschneider.3. satellite. Large cables from the outside are spliced to smaller cables that run to the main distribution frame. The electronic equipment that performs the signal processing operations such as switch or transport for audio. (CP 40) Editorial renumbering to place area definitions followed by equipment definition in one common section.4.4. NFPA ________________________________________________________________ 76-16 Log #38 Final Action: Accept ( 3.4. 3. The area or enclosed room of a central office where a wiring arrangement connects the telephone lines coming from the cable entrance facility to the internal telephone lines that run to the switching equipment.4.4 Main Distribution Frame (MDF) Equipment. better location. 3.6. State or local law.4 followed by equipment definitions 3. and data.6. The area or enclosed room in a central office in which the signal processing equipment is located.4. or recognized as such under Federal. cabling.7 A. The area or enclosed room of a telecommunication facility that contains standby engine equipment.4. Committee Meeting Action: Accept ________________________________________________________________ 76-20 Log #37 Final Action: Accept ( 3. starter batteries.4 Main Distribution Frame (MDF) Equipment.7.6. internet.6* Signal Processing Equipment. The area or enclosed room of a central office where cables from the outside enter the central office and are spliced to cables that extend to termination points in the main distribution frame.4. wiring.2 Cable Entrance facility (CEF) Equipment. This equipment offers standby power to the signal processing equipment and potentially the entire telecommunication facility if the electrical utilityʼs power is shut off. a generator.3 Cable Entrance Facility (CEF) Area. The area or enclosed room in a telecommunication facility that contains signal processing equipment. Bell Canada Recommendation: Revise text as follows: 3. Alternatively arrange area definitions as 3. (CP 40) Substantiation: Editorial renumbering to place area definitions followed by equipment definitions in one common section.6. The area or enclosed room of a telecommunication facility that contains cables entrance facility equipment.6 equipment definitions split by 3.2 Cable Entrance Facility (CEF) Equipment. The wire and cable in the cable entrance facility. 3. Replace definition of MDF area.6 Main Distribution Frame (MDF) Area. 3. 3. and cabling. inverters. that installs. 3. Substantiation: Editorial renumbering to place area definitions followed by equipment definition in one common section.4. 3.4.6.5 Power Equipment. and auxiliary equipment. cabling. and associated cabling.3.4. a generator. A. 3. The electronic equipment that performs the switch or transport operations for audio. Bell Canada Recommendation: Revise text to read as follows: 3.6 Main distribution Frame (MDF) Area. 3.4 followed by equipment definitions 3. Alternatively arrange area definitions as 3.9 Signal Processing Equipment Area. Bell Canada Recommendation: Revise text to read as follows: 3.3. This equipment gives power to the switching equipment.6. Revised text is for editorial clarification.6 equipment definitions split by 3.

9. In assessing and evaluating the damage and interruption potential of the loss of communication operations.2 with the following: 4.2.1. Paragraph 4. 6.2.9.3. Delete 5.4.1.1.3. If a fire does start. “Telecommunications equipment space” has been changed to “signal processing equipment area”. NFPA ________________________________________________________________ 76-22 Log #CP51 Final Action: Accept ( 4.2.1.6. Companies such as Amazon. telecommunications equipment areas spaces. voice.2.2.2. FM Global Recommendation: Add text to read as follows: 4. except that the volume requirements for tank location and fuel protection should apply to the total aggregated volume in the tank storage area.2 item.2 is covered by proposal log #CP97. FM Global Recommendation: Add text to read as follows: 6. Committee Meeting Action: Accept NFPA 76 ________________________________________________________________ 76-27 Log #13 Final Action: Reject ( Chapter 6 ) ________________________________________________________________ Submitter: Paul H.2 or 8. Direct-TV. McCarty.2. Committee Meeting Action: Reject Committee Statement:The Committee feels that the recommended text is restrictive and does not allow for the performance based option outlined in 4.com. extending to fire safe compartmentation (either fire-rated walls or exterior walls of the facility in small facilities).1.1. Add “requirements for industrial low occupancy” to 6. communications cables. Proposal 76-6 (Log #CP95) deleted paragraph 6. except that the volume requirements for tank location and fuel protection should apply to the total aggregated volume in the tank storage area. and video communications links.1 (Proposal 76-3 (Log #CP31).2. attention shall be given to the impact of the loss of data. the items in the space that could burn include cables that when burning will produce highly corrosive products of combustion. Committee Statement: Since NFPA 101 has been updated to include performance based criteria and the special purpose industrial occupancy designation has been clarified in the scope of 1. Fuel handling for the standby engines should be in acordance with NFPA 30. are normally only occupied by employees directly supporting the equipment. should be considered special purpose industrial occupancies.1. including technical support areas.6.1 Telecommuncations Signal Processing Equipment Areas. Item 2 and 3 are clarificaitons to the original intent. prescriptive requirements.4.1. 4. Committee Meeting Action: Accept in Principle 1. The complexity and scope of signal processing operations can make it necessary to provide internal redundancy. Response times of telecommunications oncall personnel can be up to one hour. This is just one method that would be permitted under 4. main distribution frame. Substantiation: Consistency. The occupant occupancy load is assumed to be low from an egress standpoint.2 ) ________________________________________________________________ Submitter: Technical Committee on Telecommunications Recommendation: 4.1.3. prescriptive requirements.1 ) ________________________________________________________________ Submitter: Technical Committee on Telecommunications. these paragraphs are no longer needed.3. each tenant is required to provide their own standby generator capability. The occupants are assumed to be trained. Committee Meeting Action: Accept ________________________________________________________________ 76-24 Log #19 Final Action: Accept in Principle ( 4.1 resulting in one or more of the following strategies for areas within the telecommunication facility: (a) with performance-based approaches in accordance with Chapter 5 (b) with the prescriptive approach in accordance with Chapter 6 (c) with redundant facilities or plan for rapid replacement in accordance with Chapter 7. Substantiation: The committee has changed several definitions to clarify the meaning of some of telecommunications more unique terminologies.2 For purposes of application of NFPA 101. 3.9 Standby Engine Areas for Multiple-Tenant buildings should comply with the requirements of Section 6. ________________________________________________________________ 76-25 Log #25 Final Action: Accept in Principle ( 5.1.Report on Proposals — Copyright. These deficiencies put the individual tenant at risk from the resultant thermal and non-thermal hazards. The current Recommended Practice does not clearly indicate that the aggregation of fuel is the hazard that must be considered in the individual tenantʼs risk analysis. telecommunications equipment areas spaces. including technical support areas.2. 6 and a complete rewrite of Chapter 7 to cover the range of available methods to protect of service continuity from fire.4. Life Safety Code. 76-6 .2 A fire protection program shall be developed in conjunction with the considerations in 4.1 item 2.2. Life Safety Code.2 ) ________________________________________________________________ Submitter: Technical Committee on Telecommunications Recommendation: Replace existing 4. vault construction and area protection is inadequate when the aggregation of fuel volumes is considered.8.2.7. Substantiation: The Committee refined the risk control approach to protecting telecommunications service continuity from the threats of fire by revisions to Chapters 1.1 For purposes of application of NFPA 101. and capable of self-rescue. including protection of facilities in place and protection service continuity through redundant or replacement facilities. should be considered special purpose industrial occupancies. 6 and a complete rewrite of Chapter 7 to cover the range of available methods to protect of service continuity from fire.1* The following factors shall be considered in a risk management analysis: a) Life safety b) Size and value of the facility c) Restoration plans d) Availability of readily deployable replacement telecommunications infrastructure e) Response time to an alarm f) Local fire fighting capabilities g) Redundant telecommunications infrastructure Substantiation: The Committee refined the risk control approach to protecting telecommunications service continuity from the threats of fire by revisions to Chapters 1. Most facilities are not occupied. Committee Meeting Action: Accept ________________________________________________________________ 76-23 Log #CP97 Final Action: Accept ( 4. Add industrial low occupancy to 5.9. alternative routing.1. would be seriously impacted without telephone service. alert. ________________________________________________________________ 76-26 Log #CP16 Final Action: Accept ( 5.1 ) ________________________________________________________________ Submitter: Walter Schachtschneider. The submitter did not provide justification for the 24 hour time limit. Substantiation: The fire protection currently recommended in NFPA 76 “Fire Protection of Telecommunications Facilities” is optional with the exception of portable extinguishers. These spaces have a low probability of fire ignition and sustainability because of the limited quantity of combustible products. Telecommunication and Internet facilities are important enough to warrant protection to protect the 911 option as well as companies that depend on the telephone and Internet for business reasons. if occupied. and related support equipment.3 ) ________________________________________________________________ Submitter: Thomas G. Ron Marts Recommendation: Change wording in paragraph as follows: 5. A signal processing telecommunications equipment area is a space in which the signal processing telecommunications equipment is located.8.3.4. The fuel associated with the diesel engines can be concentrated in spaces within the building.4. 6.X Standby Engine Areas for Multiple-Tenant buildings should comply with the requirements of Section 6. Containment.4.1 Risk Management Considerations 4.4. Substantiation: Often in multi-tenanted buildings.2 Service Continuity Risks. Bell Canada Recommendation: Revise text to read as follows: 5. Committee Meeting Action: Accept in Principle Add annex material to read as follows: A. including protection of facilities in place and protection service continuity through redundant or replacement facilities. 2. Dobson. Signal processing Telecommunications equipment areas could contain associated power. Committee Statement: The Committee felt that this is a clarification of their original intent.4. Signal processing Telecommunications equipment areas. Fuel handling for the standby engines should be in acordance with NFPA 30.X Large telecommunications facilities that are not redundant or cannot be replaced within 24 hrs should be protected in accordance with one of the protection options in Section 8. and in some cases dual access terminal in order to prevent communication outages.

Floor pullers should be located in break open boxes located at every fire fighting access route to raised floor areas. 76-7 ________________________________________________________________ 76-30 Log #CP57 Final Action: Accept ( 6. it should comply with one of the following: (1) An independent HVAC system that is dedicated for a single hazard area.4.7). 6.1 Smoke or combination fire / smoke dampers should operate upon activation of smoke detectors.6.6. The automatic shutdown of the HVAC system should be accomplished through the fire alarm system or the facility management system. A.6.3 Dedicated floor puller(s) should be provided to gain access beneath the raised floor and located at every fire fighting access route to raised floor areas. The means to disconnect power should not be readily available to a casual occupant of the facility. duct linings. 6.5. 6.6.5.5.2. 6. The depowering procedure is permitted to be progressive depending upon the severity of the incident. 6.2. tapes.4 Air filters for use in HVAC systems should be rated either as Class 1 or Class 2 in accordance with UL 900. 6.4.5.1* Where a heating. adhesives. (2) That removal of a circuit pack or power to an overloaded circuit will terminate the event.5.3 HVAC systems in individual unaffected spaces should be permitted to continue to operate.2.3 The means shall be permitted to use normal power disconnect equipment with appropriate marking.2. HVAC units should be permitted to be shut down on an individual basis. 6.3* HVAC ducts and air transfer openings serving non telecommunications equipment areas should have smoke dampers or combination fire/smoke dampers installed in the ducts or air transfer openings where they penetrate the wall to the telecommunications equipment area. Automatic shutdown of HVAC should not take place prior to confirmation of the presence of smoke.5.5. the system design should be reviewed to determine if the balance of the HVAC system should continue to operate.4 ) ________________________________________________________________ Submitter: Technical Committee on Telecommunications Recommendation: Revise text to read as follows: 6.4.2. Standard for the Installation of Air-Conditioning and Ventilating Systems 6.5.4. power and lighting circuits. unless the HVAC system is part of the smoke management system.4.5 ) ________________________________________________________________ Submitter: Technical Committee on Telecommunications. Automatic shutdown of HVAC should not take place prior to confirmation of the presence of smoke. 6.4. NFPA ________________________________________________________________ 76-28 Log #CP30 Final Action: Accept ( 6.2.5. The dampers should be installed in accordance with NFPA 90A.2. the system design should be reviewed to determine if the balance of the HVAC system should continue to operate. and supplementary materials added to air ducts. ventilating.6.2.2 When the affected compartment is smoke isolated from the balance of the facility.6.2. 6. tapes. duct coverings.5.5. Substantiation: Locating floor pullers is critical during emergency operations.6 When the affected compartment is smoke isolated from the balance of the facility. New A. 6. 6. ventilating.5 “means for depowering” is covered by proposal Log CP50. plenums.3 Floor puller(s) should be provided to gain access beneath the raised floor. duct coverings.5.5 Air filters for use in air-conditioning systems should be limited combustible and installed in accordance with manufacturerʼs instructions.4.1* A depowering procedure shall be required for selective disconnect of portions of the facility electrical systems to provide orderly shutdown of power to increase safety of fire fighters and operating personnel and to minimize disruption of communications services to the community served.5 Means to Depower (See Annex E) The intent is to provide a procedure and any necessary marking of disconnect equipment to remove all sources of power from specific equipment or building areas that may be electrically overloaded or involved in a fire incident.5. panels.2 ) ________________________________________________________________ Submitter: Walter Schachtschneider.2.6. and air-conditioning (HVAC) system is provided . or (2) An HVAC system that serves multiple hazard areas should have automatic smoke dampers or combination fire / smoke dampers where they penetrate the compartment walls for signal processing equipment space.6. or (3) An HVAC system that serves a hazard area for which smoke control is installed should have smoke or combination fire / smoke dampers where they penetrate the compartment walls for which smoke control is installed.5.5.4* Disconnecting power to portions of the electrical systems shall be performed only after investigation and evaluation indicates: (1) That emergency communications services have already failed due to the fire incident.5. 6. Floor puller(s) should be provided to gain access beneath the raised floor. vapor retarder facings.5. A.2 * Means to disconnect power from building service equipment. adhesives.5 Building Service Equipment. The intent is not to provide an emergency power off capability as required in NFPA 70 Article 645 and NFPA 75. 6. Standard for the Installation of Air-Conditioning and Ventilating Systems.4. renumber existing 6. 6.1 Where a heating. since the use of telecommunications equipment and the consequences of disconnecting power are more severe than for the IT equipment covered by the requirements of NFPA 70 and NFPA 75.2 Smoke dampers or combination fire/smoke dampers installed in the ducts or air transfer openings shall be installed in accordance with NFPA 90A.3 Floor pullers should be located in break open boxes . NFPA 76 . it should comply with one of the following: (1) An HVAC system that is dedicated for telecommunications equipment use and is separate from other building/hazard areas (2) An HVAC system that serves other hazard areas and serves the telecommunications equipment spaces where the air ducts are provided with automatic smoke and fire dampers 6. and duct silencers used in duct systems should comply with NFPA 90A. 6.4. duct linings.6. fasteners. Standard for the Installation of Air-Conditioning and Ventilating Systems.4.5 etc.2 Access sections or panels should be provided in raised floors so that all the space beneath is accessible. and supplementary materials added to air ducts. Renumber balance.6.7.5* Means for Depowering (See Annex E) 6.2 is more appropriate as annex material. Standard for the Installation of Air-Conditioning and Ventilating Systems. 6.4 Building Service Equipment.5.5* HVAC systems should be provided with either automatic shutdown or manual shutdown or both.2. 6.2. (See Section 8. 6. from circuit pack to equipment bay to area of a central office. or (3) Where determined that intervention will mitigate the event. Committee Meeting Action: Accept ________________________________________________________________ 76-29 Log #44 Final Action: Accept ( 6. panels.5.5 A. 6.3 Pipe insulation and coverings.6* HVAC systems should be provided with either automatic shutdown or manual shutdown or both. while providing guidance on restraint in interrupting power to central office equipment before the need is confirmed. vapor retarder facings.5.4 Pipe insulation and coverings. plenums.6. 6.5.4 It is the intent that power should not be disconnected from telecommunications equipment until the need to do so is firmly established as a result of investigation of a true and growing incident of electrical overload or fire involving the equipment.5. Building services should be provided in accordance with the requirements of the applicable mechanical and electrical codes.5. unless the HVAC system is part of the smoke management system (see Section 8. and duct silencers used in duct systems should comply with NFPA 90A.Report on Proposals — Copyright. and air-conditioning (HVAC) system is provided for the telecommunications equipment spaces. and telecommunications equipment shall be identified for incident intervention.) 6. Standard for the Installation of Air-Conditioning and Ventilating Systems. The automatic shutdown of the HVAC system should be accomplished through the fire alarm system or the Building Automation System. Standard for Safety Air Filter Units and NFPA 90A. Renumber balance. Bell Canada Recommendation: Revise text to read as follows: 6. 6. Section 7. Substantiation: The Committeeʼs Task Group on Powering concluded that a stronger statement advocating depowering in the event of a growing fire emergency is required in NFPA 76.1.2 Dampers in HVAC systems serving compartmented telecommunications equipment spaces should operate upon activation of smoke detectors.5. It is permitted to require special knowledge of the power systems to operate the disconnecting means. fasteners.2 Access sections or panels should be provided in raised floors so that all the space beneath is accessible.4* HVAC systems in individual affected spaces should be permitted to continue to operate until confirmation of circulation of smoke.5.6. (See Section 8. 7.6.5. Task Group #3 on Power Interruption Recommendation: New 6.2.7).1 The depowering procedure is permitted to require special marking of otherwise standard power disconnect equipment.2.5.5. Floor puller(s) should be provided to gain access beneath the raised floor.5.5. Committee Meeting Action: Accept Revise text to read as follows: 6. Committee Statement: Second sentence of 6.1 HVAC components that make up part of the automatic smoke management system should not be arranged to shut down upon detection of smoke. A. power area or main distribution frame hazard areas. (Committee: This is similar to text in NFPA 70 (NEC) Article 685 for orderly shutdown).

1. This enables the public to use the communication network during power failures or planned outages for equipment servicing.1.1.4.4.2.7. 6.1.1. Life Safety Code.2.6.6. 6.4 Building Service Equipment. A. 8.5. Renumber A.4. Substantiation: HVAC details should be provided for all hazard areas. cables and signal processing telecommunication equipment installed after January 1.7.6. 6. 6.1 Raised floor areas that do not have a common airflow with the above floor and or contain combustibles should be provided with VEWFD in the plenum. NFPA 6.2.Report on Proposals — Copyright. Signal processing Telecommunications equipment areas spaces should be provided with a very early warning fire detection (VEWFD) system for detection and alarm processing in accordance with Chapter 8.1 Raised floor areas that do not have a common airflow with the above floor area and contain combustibles should be provided with an early warning fire detection (EWFD) system.6.7.7. boilers. 6.9.7.7. 6.2 ) ________________________________________________________________ Submitter: Walter Schachtschneider.7 Emergency lighting should be provided in the telecommunications equipment spaces in accordance with NFPA 101.5.2 Because of the sensitive nature of the electronic signal processing equipment.9. Life Safety Code. Substantiation: HVAC requirements are proposed to be moved to a common section.6. 6. FM Global Recommendation: Delete the following text: 6.1. HVAC Equipment should comply with the following recommendations: Substantiation: Editorial.5. deal with the HVAC system and what should be done to prevent smoke movement to another area. 6.1.1. 8.12. 6. Committee Meeting Action: Accept in Principle Committee Statement: See 76-30 (Log #CP57).6 A.6. Self contained air conditioning units should be located outside of the telecommunications equipment areas unless there is a need to place them within the telecommunications equipment areas.5.1.6. 6.5.7.5. whether owned or co-located. 6.1.1.13.5.5.6.6.7 ) ________________________________________________________________ Submitter: Technical Committee on Telecommunications Recommendation: Revise text to read as follows: 6. Buuilding services should be provided in accordance with the requirements of the applicable mechanical and electrical codes.1 General. A. Committee Meeting Action: Accept in Principle Committee Statement: See 76-33 (Log #CP59).5. FM Global Recommendation: Revise text to read as follows: 6.5. ________________________________________________________________ 76-35 Log #CP60 Final Action: Accept ( 6.7 Emergency lighting should be provided in the signal processing telecommunications equipment areas in accordance with NFPA 101.5. 6.1 Portable Fire Extinguishers.9.1.6. Substantiation: Correction for combinations not considered.1.1 The telecommunication facility battery system is normally designed for a three hour battery reserve when the facility has an auto start backup generator.8. placement.8.7.1 ) ________________________________________________________________ Submitter: Technical Committee on Telecommunications Recommendation: Add text to read as follows and renumber accordingly: (A.1.7 HVAC systems in individual unaffected spaces should be permitted to continue to operate. Emergency lighting should be provided in the telecommunications facility in accordance with NFPA 101.7.4.5. should not be located in telecommunications equipment areas. A. 6.6. Standard for Portable Fire Extinguishers. 6.1.4.7.8. the VEWFD provided above should be considered adequate to protect the area below the raised floor.13. Longer battery reserves may be supplied when the facility is served by a portable or manual start backup generator. ________________________________________________________________ 76-32 Log #CP54 Final Action: Accept ( 6.1) Central building service equipment i.12.4 as A.5.6.7. All of the recommendations. Committee Meeting Action: Reject Committee Statement: Testing has confirmed the validity of the existing text. 6. New construction must comply with NFPA 101.5.1 is coverd by Log #26. main air handlers.9. 6.1.1.2.4.4. pumps.6. 2003. Cable entrance facility areas facilities should be provided with listed portable extinguishers suitable for use on energized cable and ordinary combustible fires electronic equipment in accordance with Section 8.1.5.6.4. Committee Meeting Action: Accept ________________________________________________________________ 76-31 Log #14 Final Action: Accept in Principle ( 6.7.4.6. 6.4 ) ________________________________________________________________ Submitter: Paul H.1. 6. Committee Meeting Action: Accept ________________________________________________________________ 76-33 Log #CP59 Final Action: Accept ( 6. 6. except one.1. The battery system used for the signal processing equipment should be permitted to supply power to the emergency lighting system.1 The selection.5.6 Fire Detection.5.9. Substantiation: Correction for date.5. and maintenance of portable fire extinguishers should be in accordance with NFPA 10. for the entire facility.1.7 ) ________________________________________________________________ Submitter: Paul H.6.4.3.2.6.5.7. Also proper response to a fire with a compartment or part of a compartment will require proper detection strategies. There is no mention of mechanical or electrical codes that should be complied with. 6.5. The emergency lighting recommendation is covered in NFPA 101. 6.5. New text is the application to this hazard area. This battery system is hence sufficiently reliable as a source for emergency lighting systems as required by NFPA 101. The selection. Dobson. should meet the recommendations in shall be in accordance with Section 8.1.9.1 ) ________________________________________________________________ Submitter: Technical Committee on Telecommunications Recommendation: Revise text to read as follows: 6.6.7.6.4.6.7.1 Portable Fire Extinguishers.2. and maintenance of 76-8 .6.6 ) ________________________________________________________________ Submitter: Walter Schachtschneider.5 The confirmation of the presence of smoke can be accomplished by the following: (1) Cross-zoning (2) Time/smoke density factors (3) Activation of multiple detectors (4) Manual pull stations in combination with detection strategy (5) Heat Detection (6) Automatic suppression system activation.1 The telecommunication facility normally has a battery system to operate the telecommunication equipment during power failure.1. not just in the telecommunication equipment areas as per the NFPA 76 2002 Edition.1 All additional wire. identified as 6. chillers.3. Life Safety Code.5.6.4 and 6.1.1.2 Raised floor areas that share common airflow with the above floor area and contain combustibles should be provided with VEWFD in the plenum. A.1. Committee Meeting Action: Accept NFPA 76 ________________________________________________________________ 76-34 Log #15 Final Action: Accept in Principle ( 6.6. Dobson. 6.e. 6.5.8. 6. however renumber as required.5.5.2 Where raised floor areas share common airflow with the above floor area. Substantiation: Emergency lighting should be required in all areas of the telecommunication facility. HVAC units should be permitted to be shut down on an individual basis.1 HVAC ducts serving non-telecommunications equipment areas should not pass through telecommunications equipment areas. ________________________________________________________________ 76-37 Log #20 Final Action: Accept in Principle ( 6. the VEWFD provided above should be considered adequate to protect the area below the raised floor.5.5.7.4.1.5.10. Bell Canada Recommendation: Revise text as follows: 6.4.4.1. Life Safety Code.8* HVAC systems in individual affected spaces should be permitted to continue to operate until confirmation of circulation of smoke. Committee Meeting Action: Accept ________________________________________________________________ 76-36 Log #33 Final Action: Reject ( 6.1.5.4. it shall have adequate reserves to meet the loads of the telecommunication equipment and the emergency lighting load connected for the minimum time required in accordance with NFPA 101 Life Safety Code.5.5.1.5. 6.1.5. 6. The text for 6.6. 6.5. Signal processing equipment Telecommunications equipment spaces areas should be provided with listed portable fire extinguishers suitable for use on electronic signal processing equipment in accordance with Section 8.5.10. Substantiation: Not needed.3 Where raised floor areas share common airflow with the above floor area and the raised floor underfloor does not contain combustibles.1. dry chemical and corrosive liquid agent portable fire extinguishers should not be used. 6.1.1.1* Where the telecommunication facility battery system is utilized to power the emergency lighting system.6.3 A.6. placement. 6.5.1. Bell Canada Recommendation: Revise text to read as follows: 6.1* Emergency lighting system should be permitted to be powered by the telecommunication facility battery system.

1. Their vertical orientation would support rapid fire growth without fire retardant protection.. placement and maintenance of portable fire extinguishers should be in accordance with NFPA 10.6. Telecommunications spaces. Telecommunications facilities can frequently be placed in buildings of other occupancies. Committee Statement: See Committee Statement on 76-62 (Log #CP94). in which automatic fire suppression are omitted. telecommunications equipment.6.6.8. Revise 8. A very early warning fire detection system (VEWFD) transmitting an should be separated from adjacent telecommunications equipment areas alarm to a remote. and maintenance of portable fire extinguishers should be in accordance with NFPA 10. NFPA portable fire extinguishers should be in accordance with NFPA 10.12. placement and maintenance of portable fire extinguishers should be in accordance with NFPA 10. 8. or UL 1056.1. within the first 10 minutes of the test.1. Standby engine areas spaces should be provided with listed portable extinguishers suitable for use on both energized electronic equipment and expected liquid or gaseous fuel fires in accordance with Section 8.1 The selection. be made to recognize the impact the agent could have on the energized National Electrical Code. The system should exhaust products of combustion to the exterior of the building. Standard for Portable Fire Extinguishers.3. The construction can include a high pressure laminate veneer on desk top (2) Any paper records.1 The selection. and to prevent the be provided in accordance with Section 8. placement.1. placement and maintenance of portable fire extinguishers should be in accordance with NFPA 10.10.6. 6.1 Portable Fire Extinguishers. automatic fire suppression These ducts may collect combustible gases and liquids and direct them towards can be omitted on floors or spaces within floors containing telecommunications the telecommunication facility.2 Technical support areas in accordance with 6.6.6.4. UL Standard for Safety Fire Text of Upholstered Furniture. manuals. proprietary or central station alarm at a constantly manned and non-telecommunication equipment areas spaces by a minimum of location.6. Standard for Portable Fire Extinguishers.6. Standard Method of Test for Fire Characteristics of Upholstered Furniture Exposed to a Flaming Ignition Source. 6.7. should be constructed of noncombustible material (e. Submitter: Eddie Phillips. 4.1. 6. and drawings should be stored in fully enclosed noncombustible cabinets or cases (3) Space dividers and system furniture panels and chairs Chairs with upholstered assemblies seats and backs should comply with one of the following: (a) NFPA 266.6. Committee Meeting Action: Accept in Principle 1. and noncombustible containers are provided for combustible material. Fire extinguisher selection for administrative areas and other areas could be improperly influenced by need for clean agent portable fire extinguishers in second 8. Committee Meeting Action: Reject Committee Statement: The committee felt that the concerns that the submitter raised are already addressed by fire protection elements outlined in the document. and.6. Standard Method for Fire Testing of Upholstered Furniture Items.7. placement and maintenance of portable fire extinguishers should be in accordance with NFPA 10. omitted. All other portions of the building not included within the telecommunications equipment space should be provided with automatic fire suppression.6.2. 8. Substantiation: Consistency. clarity and to eliminate conflict. State of California Department of Consumer Affairs bureau of Home Furnishings. Standard for Portable Fire Extinguishers. MDF areas. Southern Fire Code Development Committee 6. Upon detection of a fire. Bell Canada Recommendation: Revise text to read as follows: 6.2 Compartmentation. Telecommunications spaces. 8.8.12. They should be installed and maintained in accordance with NFPA 10. should be permitted within the signal processing equipment area if the following conditions are met: (1) Case furniture. 6. this language will ensure a reasonable level of protection is provided to both the facility and the adjacent uses. Standard for Portable Fire Extinguishers. 6.2 ) ________________________________________________________________ Submitter: Walter Schachtschneider. in which automatic fire suppression is omitted.1 The selection. 6.1.6. Cable entrance facility area facilities should be arranged Recommendation: Revise to read: to minimize the intrusion of gas and liquid into the building. placement and maintenance of portable fire extinguishers should be in accordance with NFPA 10. Standard for Portable Fire Extinguishers 3. including desks. Substantiation: Space dividers and system furniture panels are common.1. listed portable extinguishers suitable for use on energized telecommunications equipment should be provided. and.7. Renumber 8.1. 6. metal).1 The selection.2. 3. or UL 1056. Telecommunication facilities containing less than 2500 sq ft of 76-9 .13.1. to prevent the spread of fire and smoke to other areas. Committee Statement: Clarification.1 to read as follows: The selection.1 The selection. Main distribution frame areas spaces should be provided with listed portable fire extinguishers suitable for use on energized electronic equipment in accordance with Section 8. dry chemical and corrosive liquid agent portable fire extinguishers should not be used.g. as 8.2. are provided with a smoke control system shall be designed to control the migration of products of combustion. 6.2.6.1 The selection. Building service and support areas should be provided with listed portable extinguishers suitable for use in accordance with Section 8.1. Telecommunications spaces.5. Substantiation: The proposed language provides guidance on the omission of fire protection systems in these occupancies.1. dry chemical and corrosive liquid agent portable fire extinguishers should not be used. 2. 6.3.4. The selection.6.6.1.1.2 Automatic Fire Suppression. 6. equipment is equipped with: 6.6. the system should shut down the air supply to the fire floor and the return air from all nonfire floors. Bell Canada ( 6.4. Standard for Portable Fire Extinguishers.10.6.6.Report on Proposals — Copyright.5.2.2 ) Recommendation: Revise text to read as follows: ________________________________________________________________ 6. The cable penetrations should be sealed to equipment provided the floor or space containing the telecommunications prevent gas and liquid intrusion into the building. 8.8. should be separated from the remainder of the floor by one hour fire resistant partitions extending from the floor to the underside of the floor or roof above: and. Power areas should be provided with listed portable extinguishers suitable for use on energized and electronic equipment in accordance with Section 8. UL Standard for Safety Fire Test of Upholstered Furniture. Note: Bold text could be deleted as it is repetitive.3.2 Small work spaces.5. Acept the proposed wording without the bold text. Standard for Portable Fire Extinguishers. Standard for Portable Fire Extinguishers.7.1. Although fires in these type of occupancies are rare.11 shall be permitted.6.13. with a maximum rate of heat release of 80 kW (76 Btu/s) and a maximum total heat released. Flammability Test Procedure for Seating Furniture for Use in Public Occupancies. should be separated from other floors by two hour fire rated construction: and. and maintenance of portable fire extinguishers shall be in accordance with NFPA 10.6 ) ________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________ 76-38 Log #3 Final Action: Reject Submitter: Walter Schachtschneider. 6.2* Portable fire extinguishers containing dry chemical or corrosive liquid agents should not be installed for the protection of telecommunications equipment areas. directly related to the support of the signal processing telecommunications equipment. Cable entrance facility areas facilities 1. Standard for Portable Fire Extinguishers.9.8. 2-hour fire-resistance-rated construction in accordance with Section 2.1.1 Where recommended.2 Because of the sensitive nature of the electronic equipment found in signal processing equipment areas. the consequences are severe when they do occur. ________________________________________________________________ 76-39 Log #31 Final Action: Accept in Principle ( 6.9.6.1* General.9.5.3.5. and Thermal Insulation Technical Bulletin 133. Committee Meeting Action: Accept in Principle 6.700 Btu) (b) California Technical Bulletin 133.6. Automatic fire suppression should load.1 Where recommended or provided the selection. Any other approved design which will achieve the same level of smoke control as described in this section may be used in lieu of these requirements. Administrative areas should be provided with listed portable extinguishers suitable for use in accordance with Section 8. Careful consideration should intrusion of unwanted electrical sheath currents in accordance with NFPA 70. or ASTM E 1537. and maintenance of portable fire extinguishers should be in accordance with NFPA 10. placement.6.3.5. placement and maintenance of portable fire extinguishers should be in accordance with NFPA 10. Standard for Portable Fire Extinguishers. NFPA 76 ________________________________________________________________ 76-40 Log #24 Final Action: Accept in Principle ( 6.1 Portable Fire Extinguishers.2 Because of the sensitive nature of the electronic equipment exposed wiring contacts.3. 6.1. placement.4.3. 5.1.2. Within telecommunications facilities. 6. Standard for Portable Fire Extinguishers.7. A.7.1 Portable Fire Extinguishers.1 Portable Fire Extinguishers.2.3.8. and power areas.6. to limit the fuel 6.6.1 Portable Fire Extinguishers.6.6 Cable Entrance Facility Area Facilities.1 Large cables enter a telecommunication facility in underground ducts.2 and delete the existing 8. in which automatic fire suppression is to be 8. of 25 mJ (23.

6.4 ) ________________________________________________________________ Submitter: Technical Committee on Telecommunications Recommendation: Add text to read as follows: (A. See 76-42 (Log #CP55) for annex material for 6.6.1 General.6.6. Committee Meeting Action: Accept ________________________________________________________________ 76-43 Log #CP64 Final Action: Accept ( 6. Cable penetrations in the fire rated separations can be fire stopped. Substantiation: Cable vaults are usually in a basement and smoke venting to the outside is difficult.6.6. Cable entrance facility areas facilities should be vented with either gravity vents or with positive venting in order to minimize the buildup of methane gas. Standard for Portable fire Extinguishers. which complies with Section 8. The selection. 6. cables and telecommunication equipment that do not comply with the fire safety requirements of standards referenced in Section 8. If smoke management is provided for this hazard area the criteria should be referenced.6. (ROP CP62) Telecommunication facilities containing less than 232 m2 (2500 ft2) of telecommunications equipment area shall not be required to comply with the requirements of this paragraph.8 as appropriate for the type of wire.1* Building service equipment shall be limited to that needed to support the space and adjacent telecommunications equipment areas excluding the standby engine area. NFPA telecommunications equipment areas shall not be required to comply with this requirement.7. Telecommunication facilities containing less than 2500 sq ft of telecommunications equipment area shall not be required to comply with this requirement.3 Building Service Equipment. Bell Canada Recommendation: 6. wire. Committee Meeting Action: Accept in Principle Committee Statement: See 76-46 (Log #CP61). 6. Cable entrance facilities should be provided with listed portable extinguishers suitable for use on electronic equipment in accordance with Section 8.1.Report on Proposals — Copyright. Standard for Portable Fire Extinguishers. FM Global Recommendation: Delete the following text: 6. (ROP CP64) Substantiation: Consistency and completeness.2. Substantiation: The required treatment for equipment not compliant with standards are not provided in NFPA 76 2002 Edition. they shall comply with Section 8.6.1. Committee Meeting Action: Reject Committee Statement: NFPA 1 chapter 52 allows power equipment to be in the same space that it supports. should be in accordance with Section 8. Committee Meeting Action: Accept in Principle 1.4.6.6.3. cable and equipment. Standard for Portable Fire Extinguishers.9 is covered by 76-43 (Log #CP64).1. other appropriate automatic fire detection should be considered.6.6.6. The selection.6.5.4 Telecommunications Equipment. Paragraph 6.1 Portable Fire Extinguishers.1* Wire.8 should be separated from the remainder of the telecommunications equipment area by either of the following: (1) Sufficient spatial separation and smoke management to prevent fire and smoke damage to equipment other than the equipment of fire origin (2) A rated fire separation with a minimum fire resistance of 1 hour 6. if the cable entrance facility area is protected throughout by an automatic fire suppression system.6.1 Portable Fire Extinguishers.6.6.9 ) ________________________________________________________________ Submitter: Technical Committee on Telecommunications Recommendation: Add text to read as follows: 6. ________________________________________________________________ 76-45 Log #16 Final Action: Accept in Principle ( 6.1* Building service equipment shall be limited to that needed to support the space and adjacent telecommunications equipment areas excluding the standby engine area. All additional wire. (ROP CP54) Telecommunication facilities containing less than 232 m2 (2500 ft2) of telecommunications equipment area shall not be required to comply with the requirements of this paragraph. Substantiation: Editorial. 6. placement.7.4. Substantiation: Equipment cannot extend from the cable vault because it does not in reality and cannot in practicality since the wall is fire rated.3.6. 6.9.1 is covered in Chapter 6 (see 76-37 (Log #20)).2.2 Wire.3 ) ________________________________________________________________ Submitter: Paul H.6. Paragraph 6.1 Where major telecommunication equipment.1.8. appropriate automatic fire suppression should be provided.6. 6. Where smoke management systems are provided.6. This incoming cable is then spliced to cable. 6.8 Special Hazards. 2003.6.2 Automatic Fire Suppression.6.6.3* Building Service Equipment. 6.6. and alarm notification equipment should be installed and maintained in accordance with NFPA 72.8. shall be in accordance with Section 8.6.7 Limitation of Combustibles. 6.9 Smoke Management Systems.4. they shall comply with Section 8. Building service equipment shall be provided in accordance with Section 6. ________________________________________________________________ 76-41 Log #26 Final Action: Accept in Principle ( 6.3* Building Service Equipment.9 is covered by Log CP 64 and no additional changes are being made. (ROP CP62) 6. ________________________________________________________________ 76-42 Log #CP55 Final Action: Accept ( 6.1 change “telecommunications equipment” to “signal processing area”. and maintenance of portable fire extinguishers should be in accordance with NFPA 10.6.5 Fire Detection.4 Telecommunications Equipment.1 Where ambient conditions prohibit installation of automatic smoke detection. 6. 6. Building service equipment shall be provided in accordance with Section 6.1 The selection. The Committee felt that 6. A.8.1.3 Building Service Equipment.5.5. 6.6. There is no mention of mechanical or electrical codes that should be complied with. NFPA 76 76-10 . 6. Building service equipment should be limited to that needed to support the space.6. cables and equipment installed in the power cable entrance facility area.9 Smoke Management Systems.8.2 Compartmentation is not necessary where the cable entrance terminates directly within the main distribution frame area. Cable entrance facility areas facilities should be provided with EWFD system in accordance with Chapter 8 for detection and alarm processing. in order to connect to equipment elsewhere in the facility.6.6.6. whether owned or co-located.7 (New) ) ________________________________________________________________ Submitter: Walter Schachtschneider.2.6.6. (ROP CP55).7.6. 6.6.3. Committee Meeting Action: Accept ________________________________________________________________ 76-44 Log #28 Final Action: Reject ( 6. National Fire Alarm Code.2. Building services should be provided in accordance with the requriements of the applicable and mechanical electrical codes.1 should only cover signal processing areas. 6.6.5.1 The recommended fire resistance should be permitted to be reduced to 1 hour. In 6.5. Committee Meeting Action: Accept in Principle Accept the recommended text and change “telecommunications equipment” to “signal processing equipment areas” Committee Statement: Editorial modification. 6.7. The Committee recognized that the submitterʼs paragraph numbering reflects the new rewrite draft. Bell Canada Recommendation: Add text to read as follows: 6. 3.1* Building service equipment shall be limited to that needed to support the space and adjacent telecommunications equipment areas excluding the standby engine area. placement.2.8. Cable entrance facility areas facilities should be provided with listed portable extinguishers suitable for use on energized cable and ordinary combustible fires electronic equipment in accordance with Section 8.6. Committee Statement: The topic of 6. or cable do not comply with Section 8. placement.4. detection. 6.6. and maintenance of portable fire extinguishers should be in accordance with NFPA 10. Where smoke management systems are provided. cable and equipment shall be industry standard compliant and shall be installed and used in configurations and uses for which it has been tested (ROP CP55).6. Revise the text as submitted without 6.6. Cable entrance facility areas facilities should not be used for the storage of combustible materials or other equipment not related to the cable entrance facility operations.7. 6.2 Installation. (ROP CP54) Substantiation: Text to be adjusted for CP 50 taking into account the reduced requirements for small buildings. Dobson.4* Building Service Equipment. building service equipment shall be provided in accordance with Section 6. 6.4.8 as appropriate for the type of cable or telecommunications equipment. 6.7.3 (New) ) ________________________________________________________________ Submitter: Walter Schachtschneider. and maintenance of portable fire extinguishers should be in accordance with NFPA 10.2 and 6.4) Cable entering the cable entrance facility from outside normally does not have any fire resistive properties since it is buried and not exposed to fire. (ROP CP61) 6. (ROP CP61) Telecommunication facilities containing less than 232 m2 (2500 ft2) of telecommunications equipment area shall not be required to comply with the requirements of this paragraph. they should be in accordance with Section 8. 2.6.6 Fire Suppression. All fire alarm. 6. 6.6.9.6.4 are covered by Log #24. Changes to paragraph 6.5.6. whether owned or co-located.9.4.4.2 and 6. All cables and telecommunications equipment that extend from the cable entrance facility to other spaces within the building installed in cable entrance facilities after January 1.6. Where automatic fire suppression systems are provided. 6.6. 6.

7.1 as they were changed by 76-46a (Log #CP56).4 Telecommunications Equipment.7.7.7.7. Technology to prevent thermal runaway is readily available from most (if not all) manufacturers of telecom power equipment and should be mandatory. Power areas should be arranged to provide protection against fire and smoke in adjacent areas spaces. According to the UL document.8.8. When a separate room is provided for the DC power plant. 6. The existing wording implies that no disconnection capabilities are required for the power equipment that is used to supply the power to the signal processing equipment.8. Lead acid batteries should be provided with safety venting caps.6. Committee Meeting Action: Accept in Principle Committee Statement: See Committee Action on 76-48 (Log #CP90).8. KS Recommendation: Proposed NFPA 76 Addition for Chapter 6.4 The charging of batteries can generate hydrogen gas.4.0 and 9.4. A.8. or continuous ventilation should be provided at the rate of not less than 0.7.6.7.1 were changed by 76-46a (Log #CP56).8.1 to match signal processing equipment hazard area requirements.4.1* General.1 The method and materials should be capable of controlling and neutralizing a spill from the largest battery cell to a pH of between 7.4. 6.4.3 ) ________________________________________________________________ Submitter: Stephen W. cable and equipment shall be industry standard compliant and shall be installed and used in configurations and uses for which it has been tested.8. Substantiation: In a fire at Sprint in May 2003.7. All additional wire. and equipment that is resistant to ignition and subsequent fire spread has a direct impact on the frequency and severity of fires in telecommunications facilities.4 was deleted by 76-48 (Log #CP90). Committee Statement: 76-48 (Log #CP90) deleted 6.8 Special Hazards. it was determined that there was no requirement for vendors selling these bags to have the covering of acid spill containment bags tested for flammability.4.0. 6. The hydrogen gas concentration must be maintained at 25 percent of the lower explosive limit. this is the standard that UL used for the test.3.0.7.8.1 (A.6. 6.4 Clarification to CP56. The text for 6.1 Safety Venting.8.7. ________________________________________________________________ 76-49 Log #10 Final Action: Reject ( 6. When a separate room is provided for the DC power plant. It produces extreme heat and potentially dangerous gases. 2003.8.4.1 The method and materials should be capable of controlling and neutralizing a spill from the largest battery cell to a pH of between 7. Paragraph 6.8. NFPA _______________________________________________________________ 76-46 Log #CP61 Final Action: Accept ( 6. doors into the room should be provided with signs indicating the use of the room.8. cable and equipment . Make no additional changes to paragraphs 6. Based on vendor discussions.8. Added 6.1* (6.8.8. 6. 6. In fact the text does not permit material required for the construction and maintenance of power equipment.8.8. Substantiation: Scoping.3 m3/min/m2 (1 ft3/min/ft2) of floor area of the room. New text is the application to this hazard area. Substantiation: Thermal runaway is the most severe failure condition for VRLA batteries. (6. Substantiation: Correction for date.8.3.3. consider the above wording in the late April re-write.7. 6.2. 6.2 Spill Control and Neutralization.8 ) ________________________________________________________________ Submitter: Walter Schachtschneider. The battery systems should be seismically braced in seismic zones that need such bracing.7.7.7. 6. Self contained air conditioning units should be located outside of the telecommunications equipment areas unless there is a need to place them within the telecommunications equipment areas. boilers. Committee Meeting Action: Accept in Principle Revise the text as submitted except do not change 6. for the entire facility. cable and equipment should be used in configurations and uses for which it has been tested.7. chillers.4.8.8.7.7.1 is covered by Log #26.8.6. should not be located in telecommunications equipment areas. if the battery area is enclosed or is part of a larger room.1 (A. the room should be provided with mechanical exhaust ventilation to limit the maximum concentration of hydrogen to 1. NFPA 76 76-11 ________________________________________________________________ 76-50 Log #23 Final Action: Accept in Principle ( 6. 6.7.2. 6. Bell Canada Recommendation: Revise text to read as follows: 6.8.7.8 (ROP CP56) 6. Substantiation: HVAC requirements are proposed to be moved to a common section.7.4)Telecommunications Equipment. The ASTME 648 standard reference was obtained from tests conducted by UL for Enviroguard.8.4 and 6. 6. 6. An approved method and appropriate materials for the control and neutralization of a spill of electrolyte should be provided in power areas.5 Signs.7.3 m3/min/m2 (1 ft3/min/ft2) of floor area of the room.4 Ventilation. Committee Meeting Action: Accept in Principle Delete the text as recommended and revise 6.7. cables and power equipment installed in the power area after January 1.5.0 and 9.1.8. A.4 and A. An approved method and appropriate materials for the control and neutralization of a spill of electrolyte should be provided in power areas. 6.e.4.4. identified as 6. 6.4* Ventilation. it is proposed that the committee charged with re-writing the large and small building sections of the recommended practice.7.3 and 6. 6.8. main air handlers.7.8.7.7.4.1 Telecommunication equipment is more correct than the narrow scope of signal processing equipment.6 ) ________________________________________________________________ Submitter: Technical Committee on Telecommunications Recommendation: Add text to read as follows: 6. American Power Conversion Corp Recommendation: Revise text to read as follows: Thermal Runaway. or 1 percent of the total room volume containing the batteries by mechanical ventilation.6 Seismic Protection.7.8. 6.5.6.7. Committee Meeting Action: Accept ________________________________________________________________ 76-47 Log #9 Final Action: Accept in Principle ( 6. It is my understanding that UL is in the process of developing acid spill containment bag fabric tests based on this standard.1 Safety Venting.8.7. 6.2 Acid Absorbent pillows used in telecommunications facilities shall have the fabric pass a linear fire test that is in accordance with ASTM E648.8 Power Areas. pumps. 6. Committee Meeting Action: Reject Committee Statement: See Committee Action on 76-48 (Log #CP90).1*) Wire. cables and power equipment installed.1 ) ________________________________________________________________ Submitter: Technical Committee on Telecommunications Recommendation: Add text to read as follows: A.8.8. 6.1.8.8 as appropriate for the type of wire. the room The power area should be provided with mechanical exhaust ventilation to limit the maximum concentration of hydrogen to 1. When a separate room is provided for the direct current (dc) power plant. 6. 6.Report on Proposals — Copyright.3.1 A comprehensive de-power plan should require the depowering capability of the power supply to all equipment not just a selection of equipment. Lead acid batteries should be provided with safety venting caps.8. the investigation revealed that the fire originated in the battery rack and the flame spread was promoted by the flammability of the fabric covering on the acid spill containment bags.7.8. The potential of thermal runaway of valve regulated lead acid (VRLA) batteries should be reduced by a proper battery management program.8. however renumber as required.8. 6. Cites appropriate reference in fire code. Committee Statement: Editorial change to submitted text.3. 6. 6. . should be in accordance with Section 8.4.8. Stationary lead acid battery areas shall comply with NFPA 1 UFC. Submittal numbering reflects rewrite draft.7.8. 6.8. whether owned or co-located.8.2 Spill control and Neutralization.1 Combustible construction and maintenance materials for work that directly supports telecommunication telecommunications signal processing equipment should be limited in accordance with Section 9. cable. Since NFPA 76 is seeking to reduce ignition sources in telecommunications offices by performance and prescriptive standards. shall be in accordance with Section 8.8. McCluer. and to provide for the capability to disconnect power supplies to telecommunication from signal processing telecommunications equipment to facilitate emergency intervention. All additional wire.7.7.8.1) A provision of wire.8.4 Ventilation of hydrogen is required regardless. Substantiation: 6.1 ) ________________________________________________________________ Submitter: Technical Committee on Telecommunications Recommendation: Revise text to read as follows and renumber accordingly: 6.8.8. or continuous ventilation should be provided at the rate of not less than 0.4.4 and 6.1) Central building service equipment i.8 Special Hazards.8 to read as follows: 6.3* Thermal Runaway. The potential for thermal runaway of in valve regulated lead acid (VRLA) batteries should shall be reduced by a proper an approved battery management program.7.7. Paragraphs 6. whether owned or co-located.8 ) ________________________________________________________________ Submitter: Chuck Slagle Overland Park. large facilities. Editorially revised to match Log 23. The AHJ can judge its suitability.0 percent of the total volume of the room.4.8.7.6.2.8. Committee Meeting Action: Accept ________________________________________________________________ 76-46a Log #CP56 Final Action: Accept ( 6.8.8. (ROP CP56) 6.4. to provide protection against fire and smoke spread to adjacent telecommunications equipment.7. See NFPA 1/UFC for requirements for stationary lead acid batteries.2.2. ________________________________________________________________ 76-48 Log #CP90 Final Action: Accept in Principle ( 6.0 percent of the total volume of the room.1 Wire.8. 6.3. and it can occur within a few hours.

8. Vertical-tray Fire Propagation and Smoke Release Test for Electrical and Optical Fiber Cables (in either test configuration). Add new text as follows: 6.e.3. 6.2. Paragraphs 6. 6.8.2 Construction.8. Substantiation: HVAC requirements are proposed to be moved to a common section. Self contained air conditioning units should be located outside of the telecommunications equipment areas unless there is a need to place them within the telecommunications equipment areas.8. or (c) the limited smoke requirements of UL 1685. Substantiation: Correction for date.9. Wire. 6. should be considered to satisfy the requirements of this section. should either (a) be listed as plenum cables by meeting the requirements of NFPA 262. should not be located in telecommunications equipment areas.2.1 ) ________________________________________________________________ Submitter: Technical Committee on Telecommunications Recommendation: Revise text to read as follows: 6.300-22 of the National Electrical Code.2.4. 6. per 6. 6.8.2. .8.2 Cables in riser shafts should be listed as riser cables by meeting the requirements of UL 1666. 6.5. 6.8. it does not address the substitution.1. fiber.2.1. for the entire facility.Cables in Cable Trays.8.6.9.8.2.1) Central building service equipment i.7 ) ________________________________________________________________ Submitter: Walter Schachtschneider.3 should also be permitted to be used for interconnect wire within equipment assemblies. New (6. Current edition refers to smoke detection recommendations for a main distribution frame area with a raised floor yet does not recommend any criteria for a raised floor.2.1 Structural supporting members and decking for raised floors should be of noncombustible material. 2003.1 Structural supporting members and decking for raised floors should be of noncombustible material.2.8.2. or of the FT4 test in CSA “Vertical Flame Test .2.2 Access sections or panels should be provided in raised floors so that all the space beneath is accessible.8. Standard Test for Flame Propagation Height of Electrical and Optical-Fiber Cables Installed Vertically in Shafts. a maximum peak optical density of 0. Cables.8. Similar requirements as per existing signal processing equipment area construction.2. 6. main air handlers. 2.2.5. it does not explain that UL 1685 is a smoke and flame propagation test. New text is the application to this hazard area.3 Cables in ducts. Add text to read as follows: A. Also for power area. 6.8. Power cables should not be installed in plenums unless they are enclosed in a raceway as required by Article.1 ) ________________________________________________________________ This Proposal appears as Comment 76-23Log # 20) which was held from the F2001 ROC on Propsoal 76-540 Submitter: Marcelo M. as the NEC permits. system in accordance with Chapter 8 for detection and alarm processing.2.8. and cable contained within equipment assemblies should comply with the flammability requirements in ANSI T1.2.8. through 6.1. 6. Committee Statement: See Committee Statement on 76-29 (Log #44). where available.307 is slightly confusing in that it would appear that communications cables are not permitted to be used when installed in non combustible raceways. 6. Therefore. should be considered to satisfy the requirements of this section.2.8.2. The last sentence of the proposal was not accepted by the committee. Main distribution frame areas spaces should be provided with very early warning fire detection.8. or as plenum cables. Hirschler. per 6.4)Telecommunications Equipment. Moreover.5 and a maximum average optical density of 0. Reference Standard for Electrical Wires. Standard Method for Test for Fire and Smoke Characteristics of Wires and Cables.8.8.8. Cables meeting the requirements of 6.1 to match signal processing equipment hazard area requirements.4. Section 1160 (with the cable not spreading flame to the top of the tray). however renumber as required.1 (A. (with the cable having a maximum flame spread of 1. should be in accordance with Section 8.3-1996. NFPA ________________________________________________________________ 76-51 Log #45 Final Action: Accept in Principle ( 6.1 Cables should be listed as meeting (a) the flame propagation requirements of the vertical tray flame test in UL 1581. Finally.5. 6. with damage (char length) not exceeding 1. cable and equipment should be used in configurations and uses for which it has been tested. 6.8.5 Abandoned wire and cables should not be allowed to accumulate. fiber and cable.1. and thus different from the other vertical cable tray tests.1 Raised floor areas that do not have a common airflow with the above floor area and or contain combustibles should be provided with VEWFD in the plenum.Report on Proposals — Copyright. Floor/ceiling assemblies over main distribution frame areas should be constructed to protect against the penetration of water from the roof or occupied spaces above.8.8.15) or (b) comply with the requirements of Article 300-22 of the National Electrical Code.8.2.8.1.8. (with the cable being capable of preventing the carrying of fire from floor to floor).1 ) ________________________________________________________________ Submitter: Walter Schachtschneider.2.3.1 through 6. Committee Meeting Action: Accept ________________________________________________________________ 76-55 Log #39 Final Action: Reject ( 6. 6.” in Test Methods for Electrical Wires and Cables.4.2.2.3 Building Service Equipment.2. which is much less well defined than the other tests. 6.2.4 (6. GBH International Recommendation: Revise text to read as follows: 6. Substantiation: T1.2 Raised Floors.8. when that is not the case.5.3.52 m.1.8. Renumber 6.1 Raised floor areas that do not have a common airflow with the above floor area and contain combustibles should be provided with EWFD.3 and 6.8.1.1. All additional wire. the VEWFD provided above should be considered adequate to protect the area below the raised floor.6.3 Floor pullers should be located in break open boxes Renumber 6. Substantiation: For consistency.2. no change is required in this document.1 General.4. Floor/ceiling assemblies over main distribution frame areas should be constructed to protect against the penetration of water from the roof or occupied spaces above.1. Committee Meeting Action: Reject Committee Statement: The Committee understands that the changes proposed to the new edition of T1.8.2.8.2. 0.4 The space beneath any raised floors should not be used for storage.8.8.1.2. ________________________________________________________________ 76-53 Log #CP62 Final Action: Accept ( 6. NFPA 70. Cables listed as riser cables.3.307 also addresses a test being withdrawn by IEEE as obsolete. The proposed text can be made generic for the facility and referenced in the hazard areas requirements or recommendations. Floor puller(s) should be provided to gain access beneath the raised floor. Wire and cables not identified for future use should be removed.1.3 Dedicated floor puller(s) should be provided to gain access beneath the raised floor and located at every fire fighting access route to raised floor areas.2 Compartmentation to follow this proposal. IEEE 383.2.3.Ignitability Requirements for Equipment Assemblies and Fire Spread Requirements for Wire and Cable and the test methods referred therein including smoke generation tests. CSA C22.9.1 are covered by Log 26 Committee Meeting Action: Accept ________________________________________________________________ 76-54 Log #CP52 Final Action: Accept ( 6.1 ) ________________________________________________________________ Submitter: Technical Committee on Telecommunications Recommendation: 1.8. Cables listed as plenum cables.3 Electric cable openings in floors should be made smooth or should be otherwise protected to preclude the possibility of damage to the cables.2. Bell Canada Recommendation: Revise text to read as follows: 6.1 Floor/Ceiling Assemblies. Standard for Flame Testing of Cables for Use in Cable Tray in Industrial and Commercial Occupancies. Delete the following: 6. identified as 6.2.2.1. Committee Meeting Action: Accept in Principle Revise the text as submitted with the changes accepted on proposal Log #44.2. Floor pullers should be located in break open boxes located at every fire fighting access route to raised floor areas.5. T1. ________________________________________________________________ 76-52 Log #1 Final Action: Reject ( 6. Same text proposed for Power area hazard area.1 Floor/Ceiling Assemblies.1.8.8. including communications cable.8.2 Raised Floors. 6. 6.8. A.2.8.8.2. whether owned or co-located. 6.8.2.5. NFPA 70. Moreover.8. Building service equipment should be limited to that needed to support the space. plenums. or (b) the flame propagation requirements of IEEE 1202.1.2. 6.2 Access sections or panels should be provided in raised floors so that all the space beneath is accessible.8.6. T1.1) Wire.8.8.307. NFPA 76 76-12 . optical fiber cable and power wire and cable.5 m.2.3 Electric cable openings in floors should be made smooth or should be otherwise protected to preclude the possibility of damage to the cables. pumps.2. 6. and Flexible Cords.1 Wire.4 The space beneath any raised floors should not be used for storage. cables and equipment installed after January 1. Added 6.2 Construction.2.3. 6. or other spaces used for environmental air. 6.3.307 embrace the submitterʼs intent and the Committee references that document. 6.307 does not describe the test method to be used within UL 1581 or within CSA 0. chillers. 6. Fire Resistance Criteria .2 Compartmentation to follow this proposal.2. per 6.3.8. of cables tested to more severe tests for cables inside equipment meeting only the VW-1 test. external to equipment assemblies should comply with the flammability and smoke generation requirements of 6. VEWFD. as applicable. boilers.2.9. Moreover.2.3.8.2 No.3 Floor puller(s) should be provided to gain access beneath the raised floor.8.2 Where raised floor areas share common airflow with the above floor area. Bell Canada Recommendation: Add new text as follows: 6.

Substantiation: Seismic protection is required to mitigate fire risks and ensure that the standby engine does start following an earthquake.10. 2003.7. or the area should be protected throughout by an automatic fire suppression system.1 General. the fire resistance rating of the enclosure at the point of rupture unless there is a means to shut down the fuel supply. General standby engines should engine room should be provided in a double wall or guardian pipe or in an be installed and maintained in accordance with NFPA 110. manuals.9.10.9. Committee Meeting Action: Accept Accept the submitted material except revise 6. To limit fire spread and flashback.10.1 Main distribution frames equipment consisting of components that do not meet the fire safety requirements of standards referenced in Section 8. Standby engine areas should be separated Committee Statement: The Committee feels that there is no loss experience from adjacent areas spaces by a minimum of 2-hour fire-resistance-rated to support the submittal. Bell Canada ( 6. Seismic bracing shall be provided in seismic zones in accordance with NFPA 110. Substantiation: The MDF area is one of the areas that is typically more often occupied by full time and part time technicians than any other hazard area in the telecommunication equipment areas. Main distribution frame areas spaces should be provided with a VEWFD system in accordance with Chapter 8 for detection and alarm processing.9. compartment. Committee Statement: The Committee feels the Committee Action text meets the submitterʼs intent.8. Submitter: Thomas G. (ROP 76-7 (Log #CP49) The proposed changes to 6.700 Btu) (b) California Technical bulletin 133. Where used.10. The Committee felt that a scenario involving a spill construction in accordance with Section 8. Committee Meeting Action: Reject 6.9 ) fire resistive rated construction in accordance with 8. to protect against fire shall not be required to comply with this requirement.2 Construction.3.3 Compartmentation. (3) The fuel supply system for the standby engine.9 Main Distribution Frames Area. Standard Method of Test for Fire Characteristics of Upholstered Furniture Exposed to a Flaming Ignition Source. the fuel source supplying the day tank for the engine. Telecommunication facilities containing 2500 sq ft or less of telecommunications equipment area shall be provided with an early warning fire detection (EWFD) system for detection and alarm processing in accordance with Chapter 8. McCarty. All additional wire. to provide protection from 6.1 General.5. Their administrative area should have controls applied small work spaces to match those recommended for the signal processing area.9. (ROP CP49) spread to adjacent telecommunications equipment. and to increase the survivability of the standby engines should be controlled by appropriate containment. with a maximum rate of heat release of 80 kW (76 Btuʼs) and a maximum total heat released. 6.10..9. and noncombustible containers are provided for combustible material.12 ) ________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________ 76-57 Log #18 Final Action: Reject Submitter: Walter Schachtschneider. The construction can include a high pressure laminate veneer on desk top (2) Any paper records.1 General. directly related to the support of the MDF equipment. UL Standard for Safety Fire Test of Upholstered Furniture.5 Where raised floor areas share common airflow with the above floor area and the raised floor underfloor does not contain combustibles.11 shall be permitted.3. Fuel transport piping 6. noncombustible or limited-combustible materials.3. ________________________________________________________________ 76-60 Log #22 Final Action: Accept in Part ( 6. or for standby engine areas with an ignition source is very unlikely.5. State of California Department of Consumer Affairs bureau of Home Furnishings.3. (ROP CP49) Substantiation: Clarity and consistency.9. or ASTM E 1537. Standard for enclosure with a 3 hour fire resistive rating. NFPA 6.7 Technical support areas in accordance with 6.9.2. or UL 1056.5 Fire Detection.10.1. Standby engine areas should be separated can expose the equipment spaces and building structure to damage in the event from adjacent spaces by a minimum of 2-hour fire resistance rated construction of fuel transport piping rupture and ignition. 6.10 Standby Engine Areas. 6.9 (New) ) ________________________________________________________________ Submitter: Walter Schachtschneider. 6. 6.3.1 as follows: 6. Any pipe rupture or substantial Emergency and Standby Power Systems. Telecommunication ________________________________________________________________ facilities containing less than 2500 sq ft of telecommunications equipment area 76-58 Log #21 Final Action: Accept shall have the standby engine area from other areas by a minimum of one hour ( 6. Standby engine areas should be arranged to prevent the Recommendation: Add text to read as follows: spread of fire to adjacent areas spaces and to reduce the hazards associated 6.7 (New) ) ________________________________________________________________ Submitter: Walter Schachtschneider.6 Seismic Protection. The environment for MDF is very different than for signal processing equipment areas. and by appropriate control of effluent. Committee Statement: See Committee Statement on 76-62 (Log #CP94). Flammability Test Procedure for Seating Furniture for Use in Public Occupancies. The performance of VEWFD is questionable without frequent air turns.9. should be permitted within the MDF area if the following conditions are met: (1) Case furniture.9.4 Raised floor areas that share common airflow with the above floor area and contain combustibles should be provided with VEWFD in the plenum.1 Standby Engine Areas. cables and equipment installed after January 1. Substantiation: Standby engines can be located a considerable distance from 6. or for standby engine areas protected by run in this scenario with a potential to empty the entire contents of the fuel tank automatic fire suppression systems. Standard Method of Fire Testing of Upholstered Furniture Items. Telecommunication 6. Bell Canada Recommendation: Add text to read as follows: 6.Report on Proposals — Copyright. fuel cutoffs in lines supplying the standby engine and any tanks in the 76-13 .1 Standby Engine Areas. To limit fire spread and flashback.7. Committee Meeting Action: Accept in Principle 6.1. FM Global 6. fuel supplies to smoke and related nonthermal damage. Seismic bracing shall be provided in seismic zones that need such bracing for: (1) The starter batteries for the standby engine.5.11. whether owned or co-located.3. automatic Recommendation: Revise text to read as follows: fuel cutoffs in lines supplying the standby engine and any tanks in the 6.5. should be constructed of noncombustible material (e.2* Fuel Control. NFPA 76 ________________________________________________________________ 76-59 Log #30 Final Action: Accept in Principle ( 6. automatic main distribution frame equipment.3. leakage in the fuel transport piping should cause the fuel pumps to the standby 6.5.8. Main distribution frame areas spaces should be provided with a VEWFD system in accordance with Chapter 8 for detection and alarm processing. Telecommunication facilities containing 2500 sq ft or less of signal processing equipment area shall be provided with an early warning fire detection (EWFD) system for detection and alarm processing in accordance with Chapter 8. the VEWFD provided above should be considered adequate to protect the area below the raised floor. and Thermal Insulation Technical Bulletin 133.4 Telecommunications Equipment.4 are covered by 76-54 (Log #CP52).1 General. Committee Meeting Action: Accept in Principle Add text to read as follows: 6. protected by automatic fire suppression systems.6 Seismic Protection. Committee Meeting Action: Reject Committee Statement: The submittal lacks technical justification to support it. the fire resistance rating of the enclosure can be reduced to a minimum of 1 hour. of 25 mJ (23.2 Small work spaces. should be in accordance with Section 8.2X Fuel transport piping between the fuel storage area and the standby with the fuel supply for the generator. Substantiation: MDF areas normally have very limited cooling requirements. Fuel pumps would continue to in accordance with Section 8.3. and drawing should be stored in fully enclosed noncombustible cabinets or cases (3) Space dividers and system furniture panels and chairs with upholstered assemblies should comply with one of the following: (a) NFPA 266. or UL 1056.8 should be separated from other telecommunications equipment areas by 1-hour fire-resistance-rated construction. (ROP CP52) 6. Bell Canada standby engines should be controlled by appropriate containment. (ROP CP49) ________________________________________________________________ 6. including desks. UL Standard for Safety Fire Test of Upholstered Furniture.9.8. ________________________________________________________________ 76-56 Log #32 Final Action: Accept in Principle ( 6.9.10.9 ) Recommendation: Revise text to read as follows: ________________________________________________________________ 6.g. Complement to the earthquake bracing required in the power room under Section 6. Committee Statement: Editorial.10. 6. can be reduced to a minimum of 1 hour. Main distribution frame areas spaces should be arranged to facilities containing less than 2500 sq ft of telecommunications equipment area provide protection against fires in adjacent areas spaces.9.9.3* Fuel Control. (2) The cooling system for the standby engine. Submitter numbering reflects rewrite draft.8. metal). soundproofing should be of engine room to shut down. fuel supplies to Submitter: Walter Schachtschneider. within the first 10 minutes of the test. Bell Canada Recommendation: Add text to read as follows: 6.

1.11.10. The new Chapter 7 will read as follows: Chapter 7 Redundant. (2) Metal frame chairs with integral seat cushions shall be permitted. Standby engine areas should be separated from adjacent areas spaces by a minimum of 2-hour fire-resistance-rated construction in accordance with Section 8. boilers.11. Incorrect deletion of words based on definitions but not based on use of words.1. 7.Report on Proposals — Copyright.2* Construction. 7. To limit fire spread and flashback. 7. 7. Building service equipment shall be provided in accordance with Section 6.6.10.8.12. Soundproofing. Where the performance-based approach of Chapter 5. Only records that are essential to the operations shall be permitted to be kept in the area.1* General.5. Substantiation: Space dividers and system furniture panels are common.5* Means for Depowering.6. Recommended Practice for Protection of Buildings from Exterior Fire Exposures.1.1. power and lighting circuits.10. 7. and standby engine areas are provided in telecommunications facility.11. Substantiation: Consistency. 6. 3.1 General. A. Revise 6. Floor assemblies over telecommunications telecommunication equipment areas spaces should be constructed to protect against the penetration of water.6.6.3* Maintenance of Redundancy or Replacement Approach.2.3 The means shall be permitted to use normal power disconnect equipment with appropriate marking.1 Central building service equipment i. 6. main air handlers. (ROP CP62) 6.) 7.1* Building service equipment shall be limited to that needed to support the space. Committee Statement: See 76-62 (Log #CP94). automatic fuel cutoffs in lines supplying the standby engine and any tanks in the compartment. 6.1 Application.1.1 and 6. In order for the redundancy or replacement approach to continue to meet the performance goals and objectives of this standard.4 Means of Egress. the selected approach shall be maintained for the life of the facility. Committee Meeting Action: Accept in Part Accept the revised text except the 6.7. 6.11 Technical Support Areas. Their vertical orientation would support rapid fire growth without fire retardant protection. 7. the fire resistance rating of the enclosure can be reduced to a minimum of 1 hour.. Committee Meeting Action: Accept NFPA 76 76-14 ________________________________________________________________ 76-63 Log #CP50 Final Action: Accept ( Chapter 7 ) ________________________________________________________________ Submitter: Technical Committee on Telecommunications Recommendation: Add a new Chapter 7 and renumber existing chapters accordingly. 7. Where administrative. b) Redundancy off site.2* Compartmentation. fuel supplies to standby engines should be controlled by containment. To ensure on-site service continuity when using the redundant on-site approach. Small work spaces.11. (3) Cabinets.3.2.1.11.6. Self contained air conditioning units should be located outside of the standby engine equipment areas unless there is a need to place them within the telecommunications equipment areas. (ROP CP49) 6. 7. (ROP CP49) A. 6.5 ) ________________________________________________________________ Submitter: Walter Schachtschneider.2 to read as follows: 6. 6.5. if used.2* Redundancy or Replacement Approach.1* General.1 Binders and other paperwork associated with the support of signal processing telecommunications telecommunications equipment should be kept to a minimum and should be stored in noncombustible cabinets.3.3. 7.1 All additional wire.5.1. 7. Means of egress shall be provided in accordance with NFPA 101.1* A depowering procedure shall be required for selective disconnect of portions of the facility electrical systems to provide orderly shutdown of power to increase safety of fire fighters and operating personnel and to minimize disruption of communications services to the community served.5. and vertical partitions (cubicles) shall be constructed of metal. Committee Meeting Action: Accept Committee Statement: Submitted numbering reflects rewrite draft.4* Disconnecting power to portions of the electrical systems shall be performed only after investigation and evaluation indicates: (1) That emergency communications services have already failed due to the fire incident.11. power and signal processing equipment . pumps.11.3 Protection from Exposures.1. The telecommunication owner/operator shall be permitted to protect telecommunications service with replacement telecommunications equipment. chillers. 7.x. 6.4 Building Service Equipment. (4) Any paper records. The telecommunication owner/operator shall be permitted to provide complete functionally redundant equipment at a remote facility with manual or automatic transfer of service.e. Life Safety Code.1 General. (See Annex A.6.1. Standby engine installations should comply with NFPA 37.2 Construction.11. and Annex E.11. should be of noncombustible or limited-combustible materials. manuals. 7.11. should not be located in standby engine equipment areas. Exterior walls and openings shall be protected as required by NFPA 5000 Building Construction and Safety Code.1.e. Substantiation: This is a better match for the subsequent material. A.7.1.10.3. NFPA compartment. or both where service can be quickly restored. ______________________________________________________________ 76-62 Log #CP94 Final Action: Accept ( 6.12 Administrative Areas. Bell Canada Recommendation: Revise text to read as follows: 6. Building service equipment shall be provided in accordance with the requirements of the applicable mechanical and electrical codes.6. and telecommunications equipment shall be identified for incident intervention.1 Standby Engine Areas.1. Telecommunication facilities containing less than 2500 sq ft of signal processing equipment area shall have the standby engine area separated from other areas by a minimum of one hour fire resistive rated construction in accordance with 8. Technical support areas should be arranged to protect against fire spread to adjacent telecommunications telecommunication equipment areas.7.1. they shall be separated from telecommunications equipment spaces by 1-hour fireresistance-rated construction in accordance with Section 8.10.11. Other changes are editorial in nature. or (3) Where determined that intervention will mitigate the event. Telecommunication facilities containing less than 2500 sq ft of signal processing equipment area shall not be required to comply with this requirement.1. 7.11. the building construction shall be in accordance with Section 8. shall be permitted within the signal processing and MDF areas if the following conditions are met: (1) Office furniture shall be constructed of metal.x.2* Emergency lighting system shall be permitted to be powered by the telecommunication facility standby battery system. Submitted numbering reflects rewrite draft.6. the redundant equipment systems shall be physically separated using one hour fire resistance construction and a smoke management system shall be provided.1. 7.10.1.3.5. should not be located in telecommunications equipment areas.3* The telecommunication facility standby battery system shall have adequate reserves to meet the loads of the telecommunication equipment and the emergency lighting load connected for the minimum time required in accordance with NFPA 101 Life Safety Code.1 through 6.11.x Building Service Equipment. Life Safety Code.8.11. Add a new 6. or facilities. cases. building service and support. and by appropriate control of effluent. c) Replacement.11.2* Fuel Control.10. 6.1 as follows: 6.11 shall be permitted. The construction shall be permitted to include a high pressure laminate veneer on desk top.1.3 with the following and renumber accordingly: 6.2 * Means to disconnect power from building service equipment. 2.2.1.or Replacement-Based Approaches 7. boilers. chillers. Administrative areas should be arranged to prevent the spread of fire to adjacent telecommunications telecommunication equipment areas. 6. The telecommunication owner/operator shall be permitted to provide complete functionally redundant equipment in the same facility with manual or automatic transfer of service.6 Telecommunications Equipment Areas.2 and 6. 7.11. This chapter applies to telecommunications facilities for which service continuity is provided by: a) Redundancy on site. and by control of effluent. 6.1 Emergency lighting shall be provided in the facility in accordance with NFPA 101.1 Technical Support Areas.1 General.6. (2) That removal of a circuit pack or power to an overloaded circuit will terminate the event. Technical support areas shall be arranged to increase the survivability of telecommunications equipment areas in accordance with 6.2 Technical support areas in accordance with 6. or the prescriptive elements of Chapter 6 are not used the requirements of this chapter shall apply. or for standby engine areas protected by automatic fire suppression systems.x.1.6. 6.3.10. Where the replacement approach necessitates that the building survive a fire.3 Exposure protection should be provided in accordance with NFPA 80A.. Self contained air conditioning units should be located outside of the telecommunications equipment areas unless there is a need to place them within the telecommunications equipment areas.11. ________________________________________________________________ 76-61 Log #29 Final Action: Accept ( 6. 7. The amount of records within the area shall be kept to the absolute minimum required for essential and efficient operation. Replace 6. Standard for the Installation and Use of Stationary Combustion Engines and Gas Turbines.3 ) ________________________________________________________________ Submitter: Technical Committee on Telecommunications Recommendation: 1. pumps.3 Telecommunications Equipment. The following shall pertain to telecommunications areas.5 Telecommunications Equipment Standby Engine Installation. 6.10.1 Central building service equipment i. cable. 7.1. 6.5.12. and drawings shall be stored in fully enclosed metal cabinets or cases.1 will not be included and revise as follows: 6. 7. main air handlers.

P. 7.7.1. 8.4 Fire Detection.1.1.6.1 The telecommunication facility normally has a battery system to operate the telecommunication equipment during power failure.1.4. Life Safety Code. A.5* Hydrogen gas danger level. Life Safety Code.6.4.3. battery room ventilation fan failure and similar off-normal condition of safety related items shall be immediately transmitted to the supervising station described in 8. where designated as such (e. chillers.5 ) ________________________________________________________________ Submitter: Technical Committee on Telecommunications Recommendation: Delete items (2). A. Telecommunications equipment areas shall not be utilized for the storage of combustible materials or other equipment not related to the switching and transmission of voice.7.2. 6 and a complete rewrite of Chapter 7 to cover the range of available methods to protect of service continuity from fire.1. 7. Committee Meeting Action: Accept in Principle Committee Statement: See 76-64 (Log #CP98). National Fire Alarm Code. Add new paragraphs 8.1 Central building service equipment i.8 Smoke Management.5.5.1.4.6.6.2.6 and renumber subsequent paragraphs.1.8.7.3 Power Supply.8. both visual and audible alarms shall be provided. Bell Canada Recommendation: Add new text as follows: 8. 7. This battery system is hence sufficiently reliable as a source for emergency lighting systems as required by NFPA 101. shall be in accordance with Section 8. Committee Meeting Action: Accept NFPA 76 ________________________________________________________________ 76-67 Log #48 Final Action: Accept in Principle ( 8.8. A.5 Where hydrogen gas danger level.3.8.8. boilers.4.6 Where hydrogen gas danger level.2.1 Temporary staging areas of construction and maintenance materials shall be permitted for current work that directly supports telecommunications equipment in accordance with Section 9. This enables the public to use the communication network during power failures or planned outages for equipment servicing.4. Failure to properly integrate can result in the loss of smoke management during fire emergencies.4. This proposal recognizes that many operating companies have systems in place to deal with the reliable monitoring of these devices. Committee Meeting Action: Accept ________________________________________________________________ 76-65 Log #12 Final Action: Accept in Principle ( 8.7.4.2. where their off-normal condition represents a potential danger for on-site personnel.5 or network alarm monitoring center described in 8. A.6. 7.4.1* Where the telecommunication facility battery system is utilized to power the emergency lighting sytem. Committee Meeting Action: Accept ________________________________________________________________ 76-64 Log #CP98 Final Action: Accept ( 8.6.6. A.1. The power supply for the exhaust and supply fans.4 and change wording in item (8). NEMA Recommendation: Revise text to read as follows: (1) VEWFD (view very early warning fire detection) Substantiation: Editorial correction.4. Substantiation: Many operating companies are already monitoring these safety devices by their NOCs (Network Operations Centers).1. monitoring is provided.2. duct smoke detector) (6) Sprinkler valve supervisory switches (7) Fire pump off-normal conditions (8) Other abnormal fire safety related conditions systems 8.e.7.2.1.4.5 and 8.3. data. It is important to reliably monitor these devices.1.4.6.4 Supervisory signals should include.4.7.8.8. Committee Meeting Action: Accept in Principle Add new text as follows: 8. 7. 7.1. Where the redundancy approach is used.4.2.2. they shall comply with section 8.7. Substantiation: Occupants or occasional occupant of facilities need to be warned of hazardous or potentially life threatening conditions. it shall have adequate reserves to meet the loads of the telecommunication equipment and the emergency lighting load connected for the minimum time required in accordance with NFPA 101 Life Safety Code.1. but does not mandate it.7. such as cutting and welding.5. and maintenance of portable fire extinguishers shall be in accordance with NFPA 10. Committee Statement: Clarification of submitterʼs intent. a fire detection system shall be provided for detection and alarm processing in accordance with Chapter 6 and 8.4.7 ) ________________________________________________________________ Submitter: Walter Schachtschneider.5.1.4. It is important to alert on-site occupants as well as the supervising station of any imminent danger. (3).6. 7.4.5.6. 7.g.2. Self contained air conditioning units should be located outside of the telecommunications equipment areas unless there is a need to place them within the telecommunications equipment areas.7 Building Service Equipment.1 The selection.6 Limitation of Combustibles.4 and shall be permitted to be displayed on the local fire alarm system as a supervisory signal.3 and 6.5 ) ________________________________________________________________ Submitter: Richard L. Paragraph 7. This proposal would allow non-fire alarm related safety devices to be monitored by the fire alarm system.1. A. 7.Report on Proposals — Copyright.5.. 76-15 .5. including protection of facilities in place and protection service continuity through redundant or replacement facilities. Longer battery reserves may be supplied when the facility is served by a portable or manual start backup generator.4.6. and video signals. should not be located in telecommunications equipment areas.3 Cables and equipment that do not comply with Section 8.6.6.5 Fire Suppression.1.6. Standard for Portable Fire Extinguishers.6.2.1 Heat-producing appliances not related to the support of telecommunications equipment shall not be permitted within the space. 7. pumps.1 ) ________________________________________________________________ Submitter: Robert G.4. 7. ________________________________________________________________ 76-66 Log #2 Final Action: Accept ( 8. NFPA installed whether owned or co-located. but not be limited to. 8. Hazardous operations. methane gas danger level. and (4) from paragraph 8.1. Where the replacement approach is adopted.1 Portable Fire Extinguishers.2. Dittrich. but it is not necessary to monitor them from the fire alarm system if an approved supervising station monitors them continuously. 8. 7.7. placement. they should be monitored by the fire alarm system as supervisory devices.1 was deleted by proposal Log CP95.4.1.1 Installation and maintenance shall be in accordance with NFPA 72.4.7.2. Substantiation: When smoke management is recommended. battery room ventilation fan failure.1* Emergency lighting system shall be permitted to be powered by the telecommunication facility battery system. Arup Fire Recommendation: Add additional wording: Where detection of potential fire. main air handlers.1* Building service equipment shall be limited to that needed to support the space and adjacent telecommunications equipment areas excluding the standby engine area. Where smoke management systems are used. The smoke management system shall be powered from a source protected against accidental de-powering. care must be taken to coordinate with the de-power plan required elsewhere in NFPA 76.4.1.2.8 Emergency lighting should be provided in the telecommunications facility in accordance with NFPA 101.1. 7. explosion or health hazards is provided.3 Power Supply. 7.8. areas within telecommunications facilities shall be provided with a standard fire detection system for detection and alarm processing in accordance with Chapter 8. Honeywell / Rep. methane gas danger level. VEWFD is correctly defined as very early warning fire detection in Paragraphs 3. they shall cause a local audible and visible warning signal to alert occupants of the danger.1 The telecommunication facility battery system is normally designed for a three hour battery reserve when the facility has an auto start backup generator. 8. shall not be conducted without special permits. methane gas danger level. Custer.2 Signal processing equipment should be industry-standard compliant and shall be installed and used in configurations and uses for which it has been tested. battery room ventilation fan failure are not monitored by a Network Operating Center (NOC) or other supervising station complying with 8. Building service equipment shall be provided in accordance with Section 6. Substantiation:The Committee refined the risk control approach to protecting telecommunications service continuity from the threats of fire by revisions to Chapters 1. 7. Operating companies monitor status of these safety devices at their NOCs (Network Operations centers) or other supervising stations. control dampers and the system controlling the entire smoke management system should be powered from a source protected against accidental depowering.7 Special Hazards. the following: (1) Alert signal (pre-alarm) from a VEWFD system (2) Hydrogen gas (danger level) (3) Methane gas (danger level) (4) Battery room ventilation fan failure (5) Fire alarm initiating devices. 7. Listed portable fire extinguishers suitable for use on electronic equipment shall be provided in accordance with Section 8.4.6.8 shall be separated from the remainder of the signal processing equipment area by either of the following: (1) Sufficient spatial separation and smoke management to prevent fire and smoke damage to telecommunications equipment other than the equipment of fire origin (2) A rated fire separation with a minimum fire resistance of 1 hour 7.

minimize damage. 8. Wire is the main ʻcombustibleʼ in the MDF hazard area. 8.1 ) ________________________________________________________________ Submitter: Technical Committee on Telecommunications Recommendation: 8. A.2.1 Where properly designed. and Large Areas. 8. Recommended Practice for Smoke-Control Systems. then documentation regarding compliance with the fire resistance criteria specified in 8.8. and a maximum average optical density of 0. cable entrance facility. see NFPA 92A. Custer. Substantiation: Critical systems require frequent testing to ensure operational readiness. Also should consider manual control in case of improper automatic operation.8.5 HVAC systems for telecommunications equipment areas should be provided in accordance with Section 8.1 General.1 of NFPA 75. A.7.Report on Proposals — Copyright.1.8.1 ) ________________________________________________________________ Submitter: Technical Committee on Telecommunications.2 Where wire. Committee Meeting Action: Accept ________________________________________________________________ 76-76 Log #27 Final Action: Accept ( 8. following the methodologies specified in ANSI T1. A.1 through 8. 8. and acceptance tested in accordance with accepted engineering practice. installed.7.1 should be readily available. All operational components of the smoke management system shall be tested annually to verify their operation. ________________________________________________________________ 76-75 Log #CP14 Final Action: Accept ( 8.7.1. Substantiation: The committee felt that the previous requirement could have been misinterpreted to imply that all of the requirements in NFPA 75 would apply. power area. and NFPA 92B. P.3 is covered by 76-67 (Log #48).7.) A. Access panels in walls and roof vents for gravity venting.2.7.7. tested. Arup Fire Recommendation: Add text to read as follows: Insert New Paragraph 8.8.3 In order to prevent smoke migration into telecommunication areas during fire department over haul and to facilitate clean up means for smoke removal should be provided. or standby engine area should be automatically activated or manually activated from a location outside of the space.7. and ANSI T1. NFPA ________________________________________________________________ 76-68 Log #CP79 Final Action: Accept ( 8.2. and NFPA 204.3 The design of the power supply and controls of the smoke management system should preclude unintentional shut down of the smoke management system (see 6.1 Loss of Power or Control Signal. smoke management systems shall comply with 8.7.52 m (5 ft).7.307.7. Committee Meeting Action: Accept ________________________________________________________________ 76-71 Log #CP65 Final Action: Accept ( 8.3.3.1. Substantiation: Smoke in other than telecom equipment areas can effect telecom equipment during fire department operations. cable and telecommunications equipment are not labeled to indicate compliance with the requirements of 8. and NFPA 204.3* Provision shall be made for the removal or purging of smoke from areas outside of smoke management zones. The loss of power or control signal shall cause the closure of the smoke management system dampers. A.3. These kinds of issues are better served by the building and fire codes.8. Guide for Smoke and Heat Venting.8.5.5).8. A means of manual override of the smoke management system shall be provided. “Telecommunications equipment” space has been changed to “signal processing” equipment area. A. and Large Areas. Worksheet. 8.2.7. should be recognized as an effective means to prevent smoke from spreading to noninvolved areas in low heat release rate fires.x.7.7. Network Equipment Building System (NEBS) Requirements: Physical Protection.2.3. Standard for the Protection of Electronic Computer/Data Processing Equipment.x ) ________________________________________________________________ Submitter: Technical Committee on Telecommunications Recommendation: 8.8.1* Major signal processing telecommunications equipment areas should meet the fire resistance criteria specified in Telcordia CR-63 CORE. Other telecommunications equipment should be permitted to be evaluated using appropriate standards referenced in Annex F. Where installed.7. 8. Atria.2 ) ________________________________________________________________ Submitter: Technical Committee on Telecommunications Recommendation: A. Underwriters Laboratories Inc.1. manual fire fighting. Periodic testing frequency should be based on criticality of the smoke management system to service continuity and life safety.7.3* and renumber accordingly: 8.2.8. Committee Meeting Action: Accept Committee Statement: Paragraph 8.2* Design and Installation. Committee Meeting Action: Accept ________________________________________________________________ 76-69 Log #CP81 Final Action: Accept ( 8.1 Operation of the smoke management system installed in the signal processing telecommunications equipment area space.8. Bell Canada Recommendation: Revise text to read as follows: 8. and NFPA 92B. and facilitate search.3. Substantiation: Alignment with format of NFPA 76.2.3. and this section infers that picnics may be a prevalent pastime. Fire Resistance Criteria-Ignitability Requirements for Equipment Assemblies.7 Smoke Management Systems.7.3 ) ________________________________________________________________ Submitter: Richard L.7.7.7. (See Annex D. 8.2(2) ) ________________________________________________________________ Submitter: Bob Eugene. and cleanup operations. Committee Meeting Action: Accept ________________________________________________________________ 76-77 Log #CP84 Final Action: Accept ( 9. Substantiation: The committee has changed several definitions to clarify the meaning of some of telecommunications more unique terminologies. and Fire Spread Requirements for Wire and Cable.3.8.2. UL Standard for Safety Test for Flame Propagation and Smoke Density Values for Electrical and Optical Fiber Cables Used in Spaces Transporting Environmental Air.3. Substantiation: Telecommunications facilities are not picnic areas. Guide for Smoke Management Systems in Malls.8. Recommendation: Revise text to read as follows: Trays and conduit for wires.7. For guidance see NFPA 92A.2.7. a maximum peak optical density of 0. A. smoke management systems shall be designed. and cables installed in plenums should comply with NFPA 262. Atria.1.6 and A.). fibers.6.4.7. smoke management systems. Committee Meeting Action: Accept NFPA 76 ________________________________________________________________ 76-73 Log #CP82 Final Action: Accept ( 8. 8. Guide for Smoke Management Systems in Malls.5 ) ________________________________________________________________ Submitter: Technical Committee on Telecommunications Recommendation: Delete the following text: 8. Substantiation: Design should be ʻfailsafeʼ. installed. Standard Method of Test for Flame Travel and Smoke of Wires and Cables for Use in Air-Handling Spaces.8.2 For guidance on smoke management systems. Ron Marts Recommendation: Revise text to read as follows: 8.7. Committee Meeting Action: Accept ________________________________________________________________ 76-70 Log #CP80 Final Action: Accept ( 8. Examples are provisions of special openings for use by fire department smoke ejectors. Substantiation: It is not expected that wire would be labeled.7. Fire Propagation Hazard Testing Procedure for Equipment.8. A.2 ) ________________________________________________________________ Submitter: Technical Committee on Telecommunications Recommendation: 8.2.8. including smoke control systems and smoke removal systems.5 Operational Testing. Most smoke management systems are designed in such a way that operational testing is the only means of system verification.4 ) ________________________________________________________________ Submitter: Technical Committee on Telecommunications. .7. main distribution frame space.7.7.7. and maintained. Hence documentation is required for this material.9.1. ________________________________________________________________ 76-74 Log #4 Final Action: Accept ( 8. Ron Marts Recommendation: Delete 9. with a maximum flame spread of 1. Committee Meeting Action: Accept ________________________________________________________________ 76-72 Log #11 Final Action: Accept ( 8. Substantiation: Editorial and to complete potential hazard areas with smoke management protection.15 (as outlined in UL 910.3. Substantiation: UL 910 was withdrawn in favor of NFPA 262 Committee Meeting Action: Accept Committee Statement: Also see Proposal 76-9 (Log #5).3.1.3.2. Committee Meeting Action: Accept 76-16 .319. Guide for Smoke and Heat Venting.8.2* Manual Override.7. Recommended Practice for Smoke-Control Systems.7.3.2 ) ________________________________________________________________ Submitter: Walter Schachtschneider. Where provided.5 Periodic testing and maintenance is essential to ensure operation of the smoke management systems.

The equipment is generally owned or leased by a telecommunications company offering wired telephone. Ron Marts Recommendation: Add new paragraph to annex A.6. cable television.2(a) ) ________________________________________________________________ Submitter: Technical Committee on Telecommunications Recommendation: Add Figure A. Substantiation: Added information for power source selective disconnects. This equipment typically includes but is not limited to switch and transport/access equipment. The 2000 edition of NFPA 101 classifies telephone exchanges as “Special Purpose Industrial Occupancies” and the 2002 edition of NFPA 5000 classifies telephone exchanges as ʻIndustrial Lowʼ. Committee Meeting Action: Accept ________________________________________________________________ 76-82 Log #CP29 Final Action: Accept ( Figure A.5.3. “Telecommunications equipment” space has been changed to “signal processing” equipment areas. Committee Meeting Action: Accept NFPA 76 Figure A. Committee Meeting Action: Accept ________________________________________________________________ 76-81 Log #CP1 Final Action: Accept ( Figure A. routers. Bell Canada Recommendation: Add Standby Engine Area suppressed with 1 hour rated enclosure.1 Refers to a standby engine area protected by automatic fire suppression and the fire resistance rating can be reduced to a minimum of 1 hour.6.Report on Proposals — Copyright.3.6.5.6. computers. NFPA ________________________________________________________________ 76-78 Log #CP10 Final Action: Accept ( A.1 ) ________________________________________________________________ Submitter: Walter Schachtschneider.6. New hazard area designations and definitions.2(a) as shown below.or two-way communications. Committee Meeting Action: Accept ________________________________________________________________ 76-79 Log #CP24 Final Action: Accept ( A.8. and cable television equipment that establishes any form of one.1: “Telecommunications facilities are referred to as “Telephone Exchanges” in NFPA 101 and NFPA 5000. Ron Marts Recommendation: Revise text to read as follows: A.3. Substantiation: Added a decision tree to provide guidance for depowering decisions.9.1.1 ) ________________________________________________________________ Submitter: Technical Committee on Telecommunications. Revise table for new area designations such as telecommunication equipment area and signal processing.3.” Substantiation: Aligns with references in NFPA 101 and NFPA 5000.5. servers.5.6 Telecommunications Equipment ) ________________________________________________________________ Submitter: Technical Committee on Telecommunications.6. Substantiation: The committee has changed several definitions to clarify the meaning of some of telecommunications more unique terminologies. Substantiation: 6.1.1 ) ________________________________________________________________ Submitter: Technical Committee on Telecommunications Recommendation: Add the following decision tree as Figure A.1 as shown on the following page.2(a) Typical central office power sources indicating selective disconnect points.4 Signal Processing Telecommunications Equipment. 76-17 .6. cellular. or internet service.5. Committee Meeting Action: Accept ________________________________________________________________ 76-80 Log #46 Final Action: Accept ( Figure A.

6.1 De-powering Decision 76-18 .5. NFPA NFPA 76 Figure A.Report on Proposals — Copyright.

5.3 Compliance with compartmentation should be achieved in existing signal processing telecommunications equipment areas provided rated separations and listed penetrations are practicable.2(b) as shown below.6. to prevent the spread of fire and smoke to other areas.5. and related thermal and nonthermal equipment damage.5. Committee Meeting Action: Accept ________________________________________________________________ 76-86 Log #CP21 Final Action: Accept ( A.6.1 Signal processing equipment areas should be arranged to provide protection against fires in adjacent spaces.7.6.6. national Electrical Code. to prevent the spread of fire and smoke to other areas.6.6.1 (New) ) ________________________________________________________________ Submitter: Technical Committee on Telecommunications Recommendation: Add: A. and to prevent the intrusion of unwanted electrical sheath currents in accordance with NFPA 70. Task Group 6 Recommendation: Add Figure A. Committee Meeting Action: Accept NFPA 76 76-19 . NFPA ________________________________________________________________ 76-83 Log #CP44 Final Action: Accept ( A.Report on Proposals — Copyright. to limit the fuel load.6. Substantiation: Added Figure A. Committee Meeting Action: Accept ________________________________________________________________ 76-87 Log #CP100 Final Action: Accept ( A. and to prevent the intrusion of unwanted electrical sheath currents in accordance with NFPA 70. Ron Marts Recommendation: Revise text to read as follows: A.2 A provision of signal processing telecommunications equipment that is resistant to ignition and subsequent fire spread has a direct impact on the frequency and severity of fires in telecommunications facilities.6. to provide protection against fire spread to adjacent equipment.6.b to provide an example of a typical central office power supply indicating selective disconnect points. Substantiation: Signal processing equipment areas should be arranged to provide protection against fires in adjacent spaces.2(b) ) ________________________________________________________________ Submitter: Technical Committee on Telecommunications.1 Cable entrance facilities should be arranged to enhance survivability of the facilities for continuity of service and be arranged to minimize the intrusion of liquids and gas into the building.6.3 ) ________________________________________________________________ Submitter: Technical Committee on Telecommunications. to provide protection from fire.5. to limit the fuel load.6.6. smoke.2. and related thermal and nonthermal equipment damage. to provide protection against fire spread to adjacent equipment. Substantiation: Cable entrance facilities should be arranged to enhance survivability of the facilities for continuity of service and be arranged to minimize the intrusion of liquids and gas into the building.6.7.6.6. national Electrical Code. Ron Marts Recommendation: Revise text to read as follows: A. Substantiation: The committee has changed several definitions to clarify the meaning of some of telecommunications more unique terminologies.6. Committee Meeting Action: Accept ________________________________________________________________ 76-84 Log #CP99 Final Action: Accept ( A. smoke.6. to provide protection from fire.2 ) ________________________________________________________________ Submitter: Technical Committee on Telecommunications.5. Substantiation: The committee has changed several definitions to clarify the meaning of some of telecommunications more unique terminologies. “Telecommunications equipment space” has been changed to “signal proccessing equipment areas”. Committee Meeting Action: Accept ________________________________________________________________ 76-85 Log #CP20 Final Action: Accept ( A.1 (New) ) ________________________________________________________________ Submitter: Technical Committee on Telecommunications Recommendation: Add: A. “Telecommunications equipment space” has been changed to “signal proccessing equipment areas”.

9. to provide protection from smoke and related nonthermal damage. Substantiation: Coordination of HVAC design and smoke detection system performance is critical to permit proper automatic sequence of operation. they should be evaluated to address flammability. Ron Marts Recommendation: Revise text to read as follows: “Installation of sensors and ports should be determined on a case-by-case basis for buildings and enclosures that are different from the typical building bay design.1 (New) ) ________________________________________________________________ Submitter: Technical Committee on Telecommunications Recommendation: Add: Main distribution frame areas should be arranged to provide protection against fires in adjacent areas. and to increase the survivability of the main distribution frame equipment and adjacent signal processing equipment. The longer fire fighters remain in an area with heavy smoke the higher the risk to life safety. to provide protection against fire and smoke spread to adjacent telecommunications equipment. FM Global Recommendation: Revise text to read as follows: Top left hand column on pg 41: It is recognized that as the magnitude of a fire within a facility increases. Exposed to the 20 kW ignition source for cable testing is an order of magnitude less than what the cable would be expected to see from a damaged DC power cable.3. The telecommunications equipment could contain both ac and dc power circuits from more than one source. The smoke exhaust system should only start when the smoke condition is verified in the compartment experiencing fire conditions. Ron Marts Recommendation: In Table A.8. where stratification could be a concern. liners or other components).5.1 ) ________________________________________________________________ Submitter: Technical Committee on Telecommunications.8. While it is not recommended it is possible that two compartment share an HVAC system.5.1. The signal processing switching equipment is very sensitive to products of combustion. Committee Meeting Action: Accept ________________________________________________________________ 76-92 Log #CP83 Final Action: Accept ( A.7. Substantiation: Main distribution frame areas should be arranged to provide protection against fires in adjacent areas. This should result in the dampers closing. Committee Meeting Action: Accept NFPA 76 ________________________________________________________________ 76-93 Log #CP19 Final Action: Accept ( A. and streams. “Telecommunications equipment space” has been changed to “signal processing equipment area”.7. In areas that have cable trays between the signal processing telecommunications equipment and the ceiling. The most stringent requirement of model building or fire codes is Class 1 which has critical flux of 0. Also cable is not tested under exposures that simulate fault conditions. absorbent materials. The more important area will have a smoke detection system with higher detection performance. “Telecommunications equipment space” has been changed to “signal processing equipment area”.8 ) ________________________________________________________________ Submitter: Technical Committee on Telecommunications Recommendation: Add Annex A. and to provide for the capability to disconnect power from signal processing telecommunications equipment to facilitate emergency intervention. Fire Testing: ANSI and Telcordia fire testing of cable and telecommunications equipment is not done with equipment energized. In a previous loss investigation it was determined that the fire originated in the battery rack and the flame spread was promoted by the flammability of the fabric covering on the acid spill containment bags.7. Dobson.1 Where smoke or combination fire/smoke dampers are installed in separations between hazard areas with varying smoke detection performance additional review should be performed and or operational strategy provided to ensure that the selected smoke control sequence is correct. to protect against fire spread to adjacent telecommunications equipment.1. Committee Meeting Action: Accept ________________________________________________________________ 76-95 Log #17 Final Action: Accept ( Annex E Pre-Fire Planning ) ________________________________________________________________ Submitter: Paul H. The improper smoke exhaust operation can result in unintended damage.2 for clarification.45 w/cm2. “ Substantiation: The committee has changed several definitions to clarify the meaning of some of telecommunications more unique terminologies. to provide protection against fire and smoke spread to adjacent telecommunications equipment.8* Special Hazards.Report on Proposals — Copyright.” Substantiation: The committee has changed several definitions to clarify the meaning of some of telecommunications more unique terminologies.6.6. to protect against fire spread to adjacent telecommunications equipment. It is unlikely that smoke damage at Hinsdale would have been any different using cable passing tests we are now recommending. Substantiation: Power areas should be arranged to enhance the survivability of power equipment for continuity of service and be arranged to provide protection against fire and smoke spread to adjacent spaces. and to provide for the capability to disconnect power from signal processing telecommunications equipment to facilitate emergency intervention.6. Committee Meeting Action: Accept 76-20 . and broadband signals. It is possible that smoke can drift between compartments from a fire in the compartment with less sensitive smoke detection and be detected by the more sensitive smoke detection in the adjacent compartment. Many of the recommendations of this recommended practice anticipate that the telecommunications equipment and cable in use has fire resistance characteristics and ratings. A. Circuit boards and wiring insulation are combustible. Committee Meeting Action: Accept ________________________________________________________________ 76-91 Log #CP22 Final Action: Accept ( A.6.5.1(7) ) ________________________________________________________________ Submitter: Technical Committee on Telecommunications.8.7. Committee Meeting Action: Accept ________________________________________________________________ 76-89 Log #CP101 Final Action: Accept ( A. including acid gases and soot.1 (New) ) ________________________________________________________________ Submitter: Technical Committee on Telecommunications Recommendation: Add: A. Ron Marts Recommendation: Revise text to read as follows: “Signal Processing Telecommunication Equipment Areas.1.8.8.8.6. Substantiation: Loss experience indicates this is needed to control a fire.1 Power areas should be arranged to enhance the survivability of power equipment for continuity of service and be arranged to provide protection against fire and smoke spread to adjacent spaces. issues of depowering parts of the facility become more of a concern to critical to controlling the fire and minimizing life safety exposure concerns to the fire suppression officers. Signal processing Telecommunications equipment provides paths and switching for data. voice.3. Committee Meeting Action: Accept ________________________________________________________________ 76-94 Log #CP28 Final Action: Accept ( C.” Substantiation: The committee has changed several definitions to clarify the meaning of some of telecommunications more unique terminologies. and is sensitive to rapid changes in conditions including ambient temperature and humidity. Committee Meeting Action: Accept ________________________________________________________________ 76-90 Log #CP102 Final Action: Accept ( A. but much of the telecommunications equipment and cables in use in North America are designed and manufactured with fire-resistant components and treatments. and to increase the survivability of the main distribution frame equipment and adjacent signal processing equipment.1 ) ________________________________________________________________ Submitter: Technical Committee on Telecommunications Recommendation: Add the following at the end of existing A. video.5. (Ref to NFPA 72.6. See Figure A. Loss experience: Hindsale indicated that power shutdown is critical to control a fire and reduce smoke damage to other equipment. NFPA ________________________________________________________________ 76-88 Log #CP96 Final Action: Accept ( A.7. to provide protection from smoke and related nonthermal damage.7. and the cable density is such that the free flow of smoke will be inhibited to the ceiling. then sampling ports or sensors should be located both at the ceiling level and below the cable trays to overcome this stratification. The assessment should take into consideration the ignition resistance and propensity to propagate fire of the product assembly with consideration of the contribution of the components (outer encasement. one high and one low sensor or port should be installed per building bay.2 ) ________________________________________________________________ Submitter: Technical Committee on Telecommunications.8 Where spill containment systems are used. “Telecommunications equipment space” has been changed to “signal processing equipment area”.) In general. packets. change the term “telecommunications equipment” to “signal processing equipment. ASTM E648 can be used to determine the Critical Flux for propagation of flames along spill containment systems when installed on a floor.8 6. National Fire Alarm Code. Substantiation: The committee added appropriate advisory material on spill containment.